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Makarapa Quilt

Makarapa Quilt
Intuthuko Embroidery group
Erwatwa, South Africa
37 3/4" x 50 3/4"
MSU Museum Accession 2011:106.4
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

This textile of embroidered squares was made by the women in the Intuthuko Project (a women's upliftment project) of Etwatwa (located east of Johannesburg) in the Gauteng Province. Each of the panels on this textile depict a different makarapa (the name of the plastic helmet that is sculpted and decorated and worn in support of soccer teams). This piece was made to celebrate South Africa's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament.

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