KABRA is a contemporary men’s collection in which traditional Surinamese patterns and designs are innovatively incorporated into a modern, western silhouette. A wearable collection for everyone and with recognizable prints it is a way for Surinamese men to culturally identify, express themselves and pass on their culture. In close collaboration with Surinamese artists and craftsmen, traditions are not only displayed but they are also given a new context. The collection, the documentary KABRA and the fashion film TERI form a cohesive whole, whereby KABRA portrays the technique and TERI tells the story of the rich Surinamese culture.
The prints, the layered designs, the documentary; everything about KABRA exudes sincerity. Celebrating craftsmanship, the continuation of traditions and cultural identification, and expression all come together in a strong story and beautiful clothing. This collection finds itself on the cutting edge of couture and ready-to-wear and has achieved a delicate balance between handicraft and wearability, so that it can really reach the target group. In this work, XHOSA shows just how connective fashion can be and thereby provides a much-needed addition to the current landscape.