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Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education,and AIDS in South Africa

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Photo of the Economic Development text panel  
   
Photo of the I love Africa beadwork pin "I Love Africa"
Zenzele, a culture-based economic initiative based in Cape Town, employs disadvantaged women in the production of beadwork items primarily for sale to tourists and other non-African consumers.
2004. Metal pin, beads.
MSUM 2005:24.1
2 1/2" x x 3 1/4"
 
   
Photo of a beadwork pin Beadwork Pin
This pin, purchased from a street vendor in Cape Town, is typical of the thousands of beaded items that are made by individuals working alone or in coops, and then sold to tourists. This beaded flag was obviously designed to attract American customers.
Unidentified artist , Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa.
2004. Metal pin, beads.
2005:24.2
2" x x 2 3/4"
 
   
Photo of a quilt

Quilt
The Ilingelihle Women's Sewing Group Project is part of the Adult Basic Education Program of University of Ft. Hare, Alice, South Africa designed to assist unemployed women living in the Eastern Cape Province. Members of the group make bed-sized pieces, cushion covers, bags, and placemats by sewing together strips of "prairie points" in brightly-colored solid cotton fabrics. The strips are then embellished with beadwork and embroidery. Margaret Gidi, a member of Ilingelihle, says: "This job helps us to buy something for our children, some food and you can take your children to school with the little bit of money you get and you can come to work with the little bit of money."

The University of Fort Hare is the alma mater of Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the liberation struggle in South Africa.

Unidentified members of the Ilingelihle Women's Sewing Group Project, Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
2002. Cotton, beads.
2002:58.3
74" x 74"

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