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22nd September 2020

Tsonga (Shangaan), Pedi, Ndbele, Tswana, Zulu, Xhosa, Venda, Swazi and Southern Sotho speakers moved into the Winterveld from 1938.

Since the start of the Mapula Embroidery Project in 1991 many women with one of these cultural backgrounds have joined the group. At the moment there are around 150 women engaged from 7 different backgrounds! You can see aspects of the women's cultures appear in the beautiful embroidery they make. We all work side by side to make the project a success.

This September – Heritage Month – MAPULA EMBROIDERIES had our first meeting after the lockdown with a select group of embroiderers in the Winterveld. The women were delighted to meet outside under a gazebo near the convent of the Sisters of Mercy - all wearing masks of course. The women were asked to come in their heritage clothing to show their diversity and unity, so they too could feel special and show how they work through this difficult period together. Mapula women are proud to be part of this women’s empowerment project - a work that is still going strong after almost 30 years!

Let’s all mark Heritage Day together on 24 September and celebrate differences in language and culture!

And of course, buying the women's beautiful products helps them to continue.

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