Soweto, South Africa
29" x 38"
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.7, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU
In 1986, a group of black South African quiltmakers who were members
of the Zamani Soweto Sisters Council, were brought to England as
part of a program to create a self-help group for impoverished and
mistreated South African women. Cuesta was invited to be an instructor
for the program and, while in England, purchased this quilt from
Maria. After returning home, Cuesta began to give lectures on the
patchwork quilts of the Zamani Soweto Sister Council and the anti-apartheid
From Cuesta, "I had written and become friends with Zamani
prior to my meeting with them in London in 1986. I especially admired
Maria Hlomuka because she was a poet as well as a creative quiltmaker.
In London, I spent the most enjoyable three weeks with Zamani that
I can remember. I bought the "Intombi Quilt" not only
for its beauty but also to have a Maria Hlomuka work, a Zamani work,
something unlike any other piece in the world."
By Mary Worrall, from the exhibit Unpacking
Collections: the Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American