Yanela Mtolo

Fashion and Textile designer

Durban based fashion and textile designer, Yanela Mtolo looks at her own Xhosa culture as inspiration. Her company Transkyan creates stylish modern garments with a traditional Xhosa feel.

“I am deeply influenced by my own Xhosa culture,” she says. “From the silhouettes of traditional regalia to the modern everyday clothes that are worn today and the simplistic rural life."

In Mtolo’s third year of studies at the Durban University of Technology, her designs won Most Innovative range at her graduate show. She also got the opportunity to showcase her work at the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology graduate fashion show.