When creating clothes, Congolese-Kiwi teen Favour Yuka wears her cultural heritage on her sleeve.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Christian missionary parents, Favour’s family moved to Thailand before arriving in New Zealand as refugees, settling in Auckland when she was 7.
The 17-year-old, who has been sewing since Year 9, uses fashion to express her pride in her unique identity.
Inspired by bold Congolese style
Initially inspired by her mother’s bold sense of traditional Congolese style, Favour has given it a contemporary twist by blending vibrantly patterned Congolese fabric called pagne with modern silhouettes.
She will debut her fashion line at the Auckland International Cultural Festival on Sunday 2 April.
“I would love for my fashion to inspire my community to wear more traditional-influenced dress in the street," says Favour.
"My Mum would describe me as someone who takes so much pride in my culture – I’ve come to realise I am who I am, and I’m always interested to know where I’m from.”
See Favour's fashion line
If you’re interested in checking out Favour's debut, come along to the Auckland International Cultural Festival on Sunday 2 April at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, 10am-5pm or check out Favour's Facebook page.
Favour will also be on an episode of Both Worlds on TV3 later on in the year.