Quility time: Hillbrow women weave soft magic from hard lives
FREE TO READ | Twelve people from SA book slots at one of the biggest quilt festivals in the US
Balita Biembe, 49, speaks while sewing vibrant red threads into a blue cloth panel. She sits with a group of women embroidering red, blue and yellow panels in Hillbrow, central Johannesburg.
Biembe is one of 14 artists who vied for 12 SA slots at the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, to be held on October 31.
The artists were chosen through a collaboration between the Boitumelo Project, a skills training and development project in Hillbrow, and the Imbali Visual Literacy Project, an accredited professional arts and crafts training provider based in Johannesburg’s Newtown...