Keiskamma Tapestry at Hermanus FynArts 2019

In the entrance to the South African Parliament in Cape Town a remarkable piece of artwork winds its way along the wall, 120-metres of tapestry.  This is the work of Keiskamma Tapestry.  A group of Eastern Cape women’s embroidery in the tradition of the famous Bayeux Tapestry. The technique was brought to Hermanus and currently the Living Tapestry Project has 5 Hermanus ladies teaching this craft to unemployed persons in Zwelihle at the Zwelihle Youth Cafe. A few of these tapestries were entered for the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Awards and sold on the morning of the opening. This competition exhibits circular artwork on wine barrel heads in the second oldest Hemel-en-Aarde wine cellar.  Bouchard Finlayson’s cellar is the perfect gallery and brings out the best in the art as it does in the wines.  More of the Keiskamma work done by our Zwelihle residents are on display at the Overstrand Municipality’s Auditorium in Hermanus. This is part of the magnificent arts festival that is hosted in Hermanus every June.  #HermanusFynArts2019

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