A unified African Identity with Daniel Ting Chong, OkayAfrica

A new fashion range by Emerging Creative alumnus Daniel Ting Chong and OkayAfrica draws from the expressive nature of Africa’s national flags.

Renowned South African illustrator and designer Daniel Ting Chong partnered with African publication OkayAfrica to create a range of clothing and accessories inspired by African national flags. Launched at the end of September, the range features a series of multi-coloured, expressive graphics on t-shirts, a crew neck sweater, a headscarf and a tote bag.

According to OkayAfrica, the range creates a singular African identity by combining the flags of the multi-cultural continent’s many countries. Speaking to the publication, Chong explained that national flags are often used as a beacon of hope and symbol of what a country stands for. “By having the same flag, Africa can have a common symbol to bring us together at home or abroad”, he was quoted as saying.

Here’s a look at what the partnership has created:

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The pictures were taken by 21-year-old South African photographer and filmmaker Lenzo Dhlamini. See the rest here

Chong developed his career as an Emerging Creative in 2008. Established in 2005, the Emerging Creatives programme is a developmental programme for young South African creatives. 

Entries for the 2017 Emerging Creatives programme are now open.