Lisou's Spring/Summer ‘22 collection is inspired by the traditional women’s artwork of Rwanda. Imigongo is an art form made by women originally from cow dung with themes including spiral and geometric designs that are painted on walls, pottery, and canvas. In the 18th century these works of art were known as “magical” decorations, however, unlike the Rwandan art form which consists of blacks, whites and reds, we have given the shapes the bright colours of Lisou.
During the genocide of 1994, this traditional skill all but died out. Thankfully, it was resurrected by the women of Rwanda and reflects the landscapes and its people. Keeping these traditions alive, even if it is our interpretation is extremely important.
Rwanda is known as the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' (Milles Collines); a reference to the country’s topography. At Lisou we cherish the importance of different cultures and artisanal skills. and SS22 is our interpretation of the landscapes of Rene’s continent merged with a Western aesthetic.