The story behind those beautiful Lalela scarves

July 25, 2018 1 min read

The story behind those beautiful Lalela scarves


As a universal language, art has the power to break through cultural and communication barriers, and can ultimately uplift those around us.

“Lalela”, a Zulu word meaning “to listen”, is the design philosophy behind the aptly named Lalela Project, an after-school arts programme for at-risk youths.

These stunning Lalela scarves feature inspiring designs from young artists and designers in the programme, and are available in a range of fabrics including cotton/silk, modal/cashmere, wool/silk/cashmere and cashmere/silk blends.





Through Lalela's arts curriculum and critical messaging component, we ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities.

Everyday after-school, in the hours when children are most vulnerable to abuse of every kind, we work to break the barriers of challenge. We start early (age 6) in developing the art of imagination and we continue through grade 12 to connect the arts to everything important in a child's life, from core academics to critical life skills.

Our role in arts education is to help blaze the trail in whole brain thinking with a proven path to innovation and new job creation. Our programs create permanent change with positive outlooks, community role models and the mindset for our students to design a more certain future for themselves and their communities.