Unknown artist from the Kaross Workers
Letsitele, North Province, South Africa
41 x 54”
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reseved by the
Michigan State University Museum
In 1988, painter Irma van Rooyen organized the Kaross Workers,
a craft-based economic development project to provide regular employment
for wives of male workers-mostly Tsonga or Venda speakers- on the
farm run by her husband in Letsitele, North Province, South Africa.
Five women participated at first and, as of 2007, the number has
grown to over four hundred and now also includes a few men. This
piece, one of the many representations by artists around the world
of the destruction of the World Trade Center in September 2001,
illustrates the worldwide access via media that artists, even in
remote areas, have to war related events.