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ZODWA MAPHUMULO BASKETS (article first published : 2008-08-11)

An exhibition of new telephone wire baskets all made in 2008 by Zodwa Maphumulo and her family members opens at the African Art Centre in Durban on August 15.

Born in 1960 in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, Zodwa Maphumlo was among the first women to learn telephone wire basket weaving in the province. She was originally taught her skill by Bheki and Albert Dlamini and Elliot Mkhize in 1992. Since then she has passed on her skills to members of her community and also her family.

Her daughter Ntombifuthi, was the first of her children to excel with her weaving but now others are developing and are showing their baskets on this exhibition. They are daughters Hlengiwe, Zanele and Ziningi; sons Thembinkosi and Sthembiso, and grandchildren Nobuhle, Spelele and Kithiwe.

Zodwa has developed her own distinctive style and excels at a flaring shape for her bowls. She also favours very large plate type baskets to give scope to her tremendous design and colour combinations in bright primary colours. Her recent baskets are narrative using the forms of women and children, animals and plants, combined with geometric patterns.

This exhibition is part of the Moveable Art Feast on the programme of Celebrate Durban events sponsored by Ethekweni Municipality taking place in August and September 2008. The idea is to make Durban's premier galleries, accessible, available and welcoming to visitors and residents of Durban, by offering a gallery trail every Saturday which can be visited through a hop-on and off ART BUS shuttle.

The African Art Centre celebrates the opening of Zodwa Maphumuloís exhibition as well as Celebrate Durban with maskanda music by Vusi Mkhize followed by refreshments and a finger supper on August 15 from 17h30 to 21h00. All are welcome. Phone Brenda 031 312 3804 or Anthea 031 312 3805 for more information or to book a table to enjoy the evening with friends.

The exhibition runs until August 30.




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