Martha Gumede

The very talented Martha Gumede supplements her income from embroidery by being a road worker. She is often found in her ‘safety uniform ‘ doing her embroidery during her lunch break, here seen with her daughter. A road worker has to chop the bush back from the village road with a panga (a long blade-like axe).

Martha GumedeHer husband has built them their home using the raw materials available around him. Martha’s trademark work is the women, with baby on back, and something on their heads. It is an accurate depiction of life and market day in our village, the ladies selling by the road side, the mothers and babies and the bustle of a colourful African day in the sun.