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Thohoyandou fashion designer’s traditional wedding attire

Initially unenthusiastic, Nu Makes soon discovered a profound passion for sewing that transformed her career trajectory.

LIMPOPO – Ms Nu Makes, a 29-year-old fashion designer from Thohoyandou, has carved a niche for herself in traditional wedding attire, mwenda, uniforms, evening gowns, and alterations.

Growing up in a close-knit family with her parents and older brother, Ms Nu displayed academic prowess early on, completing Gr 12 at Liivha Combined School at the age of 16.

Pursuing higher education, she attended Vhembe TVET College, studying Civil Engineering.

Her dedication led her to an apprenticeship where she earned her trade qualification in carpentry. Despite her qualifications, securing stable employment in her field proved challenging.

Following her mother’s advice, she reluctantly enrolled in a sewing school due to her background as a tailor. Initially unenthusiastic, she soon discovered a profound passion for sewing, transforming her career trajectory and bringing a sense of fulfilment and purpose.

Ms Nu’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to her craft led her to establish her own workspace in Thohoyandou, where she operates her sewing business.

“My commitment and skill have ensured financial stability, allowing me to consistently meet my rent and daily expenses without struggle. This success is a source of pride and motivation for me,” she said.

Running her own business has taught her valuable lessons in self-discipline, customer relations, and financial management. She takes great joy in creating clothes and finds immense satisfaction in her work.

“I believe that doing what you love instils a deep sense of belonging and purpose. My interactions with customers and dedication to maintaining healthy relationships have contributed significantly to my personal growth,” she added.

Being a fashion designer, Ms Nu feels that nothing is impossible and there are no limits to what she can achieve.

“The journey has been amazing. I feel as if I am growing daily and becoming better by the day. Challenges only inspire me more. I am so obsessed with my work that most times I have to remind myself to go home,” she explained.

Recognising the importance of balancing work and personal life, she said, “I need to take care of my family and myself because when those areas of my life are running smoothly, it makes me a better person. All I can say is run your own race, learn as much, and practice as much as you can.”

Ms Nu’s passion for sewing extends beyond just a profession; it is a hobby she deeply enjoys.

“This hands-on creativity not only provides me with a livelihood but also serves as a therapeutic outlet, helping me navigate life’s challenges,” she concluded.

Her journey from civil engineering to fashion design is a testament to the transformative power of passion and perseverance.

Through her business, Ms Nu Makes continues to inspire and uplift her community, one beautifully crafted garment at a time.

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