Having a family member who is visually impaired has made me aware of the many struggles that are faced by the unsighted. Some difficulties include daily clothing identification and clothing choices made without assistance.
According to the South African National Council for the Blind, the prevalence of sight disability in South Africa is the highest of all disabilities with about 32 percent of people living with the disability.
Women make up 57 percent of the total number of blind or partially sighted people, while 23 percent of visually impaired people fall between the ages of 15 and 36 years.
I started researching how I can design a braille identification system for clothing to assist blind people in becoming more self-reliant and independent when choosing clothes
My designs, which come in muted colours, help people identify what they're putting on using the braille identification system, which is printed on clothing. This also makes it easier for people who are visually impaired to have some independence, for example, when choosing what to wear on a daily basis.
It is important because everyone want to look good, no matter who you are. And it is also important as it gives visually impaired people the dignity of choosing they’re own fashion sense and what they feel comfortable and good in.
I believe that what we do for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others lives forever. BaliniTM clothing label purpose is to debut into the beauty and fashion world by making a difference in a society where morals and integrity are at a decline.
“ It is in your hands to make our world a better one for all ”. These are words of a legend, the honorable Nelson Mandela, whose life sacrifices makes me a proud youth living in a free South Africa, thus ultimately that is my drive, to be groundbreaking, innovative, to improve peoples’ life’s, to inspire, to motivate. Inspiration breeds innovation!