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Saturday, November 9, 2013


(“Ukungcweka: Stick Fighting Game” by Xolile Ndlovu)

Thembeka Hazel Xolie Ndlovu’s work is currently on show at the African Art Centre.

Born in 1981, Xolie resides in Richmond in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. She was introduced to embroidery during the Ntokozo development project initiated by the African Art Centre in 2004, where seven young unemployed single mothers living in KZN were skilled in the technique of embroidery and appliqué.

Ten years later, Xolie is deemed to be a Master Crafter and has evolved to producing a variety of embroidered textiles including bags, wall hangings, cushion covers and kitchen-ware.

Xolie is committed to training other women in her community to become successful craftswomen and says that her aim is to promote sustainable development and rural regeneration in the community wherein she lives. She currently works with a group of ten unemployed women whose only source of income is from the embroidered products they produce.

She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and in 2011 she was selected from 367 applicants from 70 countries to participate in The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico in July, 2012.  She has recently returned from participating in the Africa Village 2013 in Moscow, Russia organised by SA Tourism.

Xolie continues to demonstrate her nimbleness in the art of needle and thread.

For more information contact Director of the African Art Centre, Sharon Crampton or Development Officer, Nozipho Zulu, on 031 312 3805 or email or visit The African Art Centre is situated at 94 Florida Road, Morningside.