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AFRICAN EMBROIDERIES (article first published : 2001-02-19)

African Embroideries, a selection of needlework by the Mapula Collective and the Karossworkers Embroidery Group opens at the Alliance Française on March 9 at 18h00. Pieces will be available for sale. The Alliance is located at the corner of Windermere Road and Sutton Crescent, Morningside. The exhibition will be open for viewing until April 2.

Mapula, meaning “mother of rain” is a group of women from Winterveldt, North West Province, who under the guidance of Emily Maluleke and Rossinah Maepa design and embroider practical objects such as cushion covers and table mats in addition to objets d’art: especially, cloths designed to be displayed on the wall. The needlework depicts subjects that vary from purely decorative motifs to themes from daily life which range, covering anything from serious topics such as AIDS prevention to an homage to Bafana Bafana. Both the Mapula Project workers and the Karossworkers have exhibited nationally and internationally.

The Karossworkers started as a collective of five women in 1989, founded by Irma Van Rooyen on a Northern Province farm to try to create jobs and income for the women in that area. Today 510 women and 10 men participate in the project, earning a supplementary income while completing decorative clothes, mostly on a black background, designed by Solomon Mohati and Winnie Makhubela.

All are welcome to the opening cocktail. Reservations are appreciated at 312-9582.




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