#homemadehandmade: curtain manufacturer Boksburg has big dreams

Dimakatso Dlamini is ready to take her business to an international level by opening more showrooms around the world.

The 32-year-old entrepreneur from Boksburg manufactures an impressive range of bespoke curtains available in a wide selection of fabrics, colors, sizes and patterns.

The owner of Katso Lux Curtains said she fell in love with curtains when she was 13 and her curtains remain economical without compromising on quality.

“Growing up, my mother was a person who liked to clean the house a little too much; she frequently changed bedding, curtains, and other household items.

“Because I’m a big girl, she always asked me to help hang the curtains for her. I learned about different types of curtains, fabrics, designs, styles and more by helping my mother around the house.

“I believe that curtains are an essential part of home decor and when I was unhappy with the quality of some of the curtains on the market, I decided to launch my luxury curtain brand which aims to provide the highest quality upholstery fabrics at the most competitive prices,” said Dlamini.

The former Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) graduate with a degree in public relations said her father also had an impact on her desire to become an entrepreneur.

“My dad owned a bakery, so watching him grow as an individual made me realize that only you can go far in life as long as you believe in yourself,” Dlamini added.

Dlamini as a wife and mother of two pointed out that one thing she loves about Boksburg is that it is multicultural.

“I’ve read a lot of books about entrepreneurs and time management between work and family. I think my husband should take credit too because he was the one who helped me with the capital.

The SeSotho-speaking woman explained that she wants to improve herself as a businesswoman.

“I am an entrepreneur at heart and seeing an idea like Katso Lux Curtains come to life has inspired me to go even further.

“It’s also great to contribute positively to the economy,” Dlamini said.

The business which started on March 17, located at 75 Rietfontein Road, has launched a heritage collection. It includes the Basotho SeShweshwe, IsiNdebele, Isizulu and IsiXhosa fabrics.

“At Katso Lux Curtains, we strongly believe that almost every window in your home should have curtains to add that ‘warm vibe’. Curtains really make any room look bigger, add a splash of color and diffuse natural light. From double tape to pleats to blackout, we do them all,” Dlamini explained.

Dlamini said her long-term goal is to see her business expand internationally, create jobs for citizens, and prioritize women’s empowerment through educational workshops.

“If you want to grow in the business, you have to start where you are and with what you have.”