Material women? The shweshwe story
From: February 22, 2013
To: December 31, 2014

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.

Enquiries: Wieke van Delen, Tel. 021 467 7203 or email