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Missibaba Jungle Fever

Known for their exciting collaborations and famous pop-up shops throughout the country, Missibaba never fails to 'wow' us with their innovative designs. Their latest offering is this ethnic-inspired collection aptly titled 'Jungle Fever' which includes an assortment of bags, belts and necklaces in an array of African-infused colours and patterns, with a particular focus on printed leather. In terms of international trends, Missibaba designer Chloe Townsend found inspiration in both colour-blocking and snakeskin, both of which are making their mark all over the world of fashion and design. But rather than mirroring what's already out there, Chloe reinterpreted the theme, for instance, combining the two elements in her Cartridge bags which feature small scales of coloured leather. Chloe's recent trip to a tobacco farm in the north of Zambia - and specifically, the Chitenge fabrics she saw women wearing in the rural areas - influenced the theme of the collection, Jungle Fever. Originating from Indonesia, Chitenge fabrics are extremely versatile and are printed using a traditional batik method (an ancient dyeing process). In turn, the colours used in this range demonstrate the contrast between the Zambian women's Chitenges and the more neutral, earthy landscape surrounding them. Some of the new shades present in this collection are salmon, green tea, ginger, pale lemon yellow, aqua, khaki and gold, interspersed with hot pink and tangerine, to add that Missibaba flamboyance we all love. In the end Chloe created four gorgeous new designs - Jungle Fowl, Serpent, Bamboo and Starry Night - which besides leather, have also been printed on a cotton/linen blend fabric. The products range from R200 all the way up to R5 000. Pop into the Missibaba store at 229 Bree Street or shop online at missibaba.com. Text: Kim Grové