Bantu Wax: Showcase the Africa she knows — one that is urban, strong and globally minded — is what Yodit Eklund’s beach and surf lifestyle brand is all about.
Meaning « gateway » in Wolof (a native language used in Senegal), Bantu represents the vibrant beach and surf culture of Africa, from Dakar to Zanzibar and Cape Town to Casablanca. Printed and sewn in Africa from Italian fabrics, its pieces stand out for their amazing fits and quirky, colorful patterns, like this whimsical frog print in colors you’ll only find here.
Each Bantu piece is made in Africa by local artisans in a way that is both sustainable and fair. Traditional processes are key in their production, as are the local vendors with whom the label works exclusively. While Eklund recently decided to cut ties with her wholesale accounts to focus on the African market, you can still pick up the covetable designs, which fuse Africa’s surf culture and long, rich history of art and textiles.
Yodit Eklund, eight years ago, a young entrepreneur from Ethiopia, launched Bantu Wax, a ready-to-wear and surf accessories brand. Today, the brand is also sold in Africa, where surfing is, slowly, a place.
Bantu Wax talks about the rise of Surf in Africa – A report from Réussite, the show co-produced by Jeune Afrique, Canal + and Galaxie press.
Serene yet chaotic; untouched yet urban; ancient yet modern, dreamy yet very real, rich, poor, old, new, sacred, sexy, wise, fast and funny – Africa: cannot be contained.
Since its birth, Bantu has been Made In Africa, by Africans, sustainably & fairly, and that will never change.
What is changing is AFRICA…
With over 1 billion people, more than half under 20 years of age – Africa today is quite literally the future of the world – and the future of the world is made in Africa.
Inspired by Africa’s transition from Dark Continent to Bearer of Light, tales of the mermaid goddess of oceans Mami Wata, and a passion for surfing, Bantu was created by merging the rich history of African art and textiles with Africa’s deeply rooted surf culture.
Bantu uses traditional processes and works exclusively with local vendors and artisans in Africa to make quality products that are functional and authentic for surfers, urban nomads and afro-punks.
Bantu Wax Store
Contact : Bantuwax.com
368 Albert Rd Woodstock
Cape Town, South Africa
LOCATION: -33.928260, 18.458300
Corniche des Almadies route du front de mer,
house number 1456 en face du Surfeur Paradise Dakar Senegal