Mapula Embroidery Project
South African, late 20th–21st century, collective of women.
Winterveld, South Africa.
Embroidered panels, cushion covers, and bags. Media stories and local scenes.
Mapula (meaning ‘mother of rain’ in Tsonga) is a self-help embroidery project in the Winterveld, a peri-urban area about 40 kilometres north-west of Pretoria in South Africa. Operating in a classroom in the DWT Nthathe Adult Education Centre run by the Sisters of Mercy, it is supported by the women’s organisation Soroptomists International. In ...