Nkuli Mlangeni makes rugs to dye for
Award-winning textile designer and founder of The Ninevites in new collaboration with Trenery
Nkuli Mlangeni has created a bespoke rug for The Trenery Guild as the fifth collaborator in a series of eight. Mlangeni is an award-winning textile designer and the founder of The Ninevites. The collaborative platform has seen the likes of Pienaar & Son master distillers and perfumer Marie Aoun’s Saint d'Ici create gifts (gin in the case of Pienaar & Son and a candle in the case of Saint d'Ici) to be given to Trenery customers when they complete a purchase of more than R1,500.Mlangeni opens the new season of The Trenery Guild with a hand-woven rug inspired by the brand’s September collection. In collaboration with a women’s co-operative in Prince Albert, The Trenery Guild x The Ninevites rug is a geometric play of salmon, sage and slate – colours referenced in the new-season range. This 100% wool rug was created with hand-dyed yarns that were spun specially for this project.“It’s incredibly rewarding to watch young people get excited about traditional crafting techniques,” said Mlangeni. “Whether they’re telling cultural stories or creating entirely new aesthetics, there’s this creation of a visual language that is being complemented by expert craftsmanship.”The rug will be unveiled at the Trenery Sandton City standalone store on Saturday, August 25, where Mlangeni will describe the art of traditional textile weaving and hand-dyeing techniques. To complement the collaboration, a set of naturally dyed napkins have been developed as a limited-edition gift with purchase that will be awarded to qualifying customers at standalone stores around the country.