Ilingelihle Women's Sewing Group Project
Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa
74" x 74"
MSU Museum Accession 2002:58.3
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU
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.