Material women? The shweshwe story
By means of costumes, accessories and contextual images, this exhibition traces the origins of isishweshwe cloth from its roots as a trade item in Asia and Europe, to its establishment as a much-loved southern African material icon. The diverse uses of this cloth, from the apron of the Xhosa makoti to high fashion clothing, will be displayed using items collected by Dr Juliette Leeb-du Toit over many years, and generously donated to Iziko in 2012.
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