Mbali Mthethwa

Jewellery designer.

Inspired by her own Zulu culture, jewellery designer Mbali Mthethwa’s designs make use of traditional beading with a modern twist. Her company, The Herd Designs looks at the power of art, creativity and how to preserve tradition.

“I decided to do research about Zulu tradition and I got extremely curious about beading within the tradition and what that meant to me as an urban Zulu woman,” she explains.

Based in Johannesburg, Mthethwa is currently studying at the University of Johannesburg, where she is set to graduate in 2020.