nkuli mlangeni

textile and culture boss.


Nkuli founded the collaborative platform and social enterprise The Ninevites - she's most well known for The Ninevites’s handcrafted Sankara Rug, which won Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa in 2016. One of 10and5’s Creative Womxn of 2017, Nkuli digs into the challenges black people face navigating multidisciplinary design industries. A central part of Nkuli’s socially conscious practice is exploring under-told narratives of life in South Africa: she brings to light deep-rooted issues often overlooked in the world of design; confronting a stifling lack of representation and inclusivity in the industry and talks about the importance of working as a collective. And she puts so much damn joy into the world with her objects, with her art, with her self. 

Uma Ramiahuma ramiah, friends, team