Heritage Month: Minister Mbombo takes the IsiShweshwe Traveling exhibition to Lwandle

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, MPP

Western Cape Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sport

The Western Cape Government Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, will be launching the IsiShweshwe Traveling exhibition at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum as part of the 2014 Heritage Month celebrations.

The exhibition celebrates the beauty of isiShweshwe clothes, from street wear to costumes which carry deep cultural significance.  It also looks at how isiShweshwe has entered the world of high fashion, showing the ways that South African designers use this cloth, once primarily valued for its thrifty qualities, to create beautiful items of clothing and express their creativity.  It is also is a World Design Capital 2014 exhibition.

The exhibition consists of 10 panels and 12 dolls dressed in isiShweshwe fabric in nine different designs. It traces the history of isiShweshwe, and its indigo print cloth predecessors, and celebrates the richness of the ways that it is used in contemporary dress in South Africa.

Minister Mbombo will be taking this exhibition to the people of Lwandle and it will make its way across the province in different museums.