Buselaphi Shongwe

The talented life of Buselaphi has been cut short by the Aids Pandemic that ravages our area. Buselaphi came from Ndumu, a place an hours drive by bus from Ingwavuma . She started the Ndumu group of embroidery artists just before her untimely death.

Buselaphi ShongweHer work depicts the rural lifestyle of fetching water, firewood and it’s a women’s world keeping all things in place around the homestead. The clay pot is symbolic of fruitfulness. It is interesting to note her own style she developed in isolation from the Ingwavuma group. Her death came unexpectedly and is a sad loss to the Fancy Stitch Group.

Buselaphi had six children that had all died. She is remembered by her friends as somebody who was not easily angered and always smiling and laughing. Buselaphi was 27 years old when she died in May 2005.

The work of Buselaphi Shongwe

The work of Buselaphi Shongwe