Since 2012 Bulawayo Abattoirs have contributed towards the hand-loomed beading initiative and are proud supporters of the Marigold beadwork co-operative

© 2019 Joni Brenner | Marigold Beadwork co-operative, Bulawayo

© 2019 Photography: Liz Whitter

BEADERS

The current Marigold group members are Nothando Bhebhe, Simangele Dube, Siphiwe Dube, Dzidzai Shemaiah Hwende, Blessed Lunga, Thokozile Maseko, Sifiso Mathe, Cassandra Mkhwebu, Similo Moyo, Concilia Mukarobwa, Lethukuthula Ncube-Ndou, Gcunuthando Ndlovu, Sikhangele Nkomo, Teresa Nkomo, Jestinah Nyoni and Ridia John Samson. 

One aspect of the book  Making Marigold: Beaders of Bulawayo tells of how each of these women came to join Marigold and what their individual roles and responsibilities are in the co-op.

 

In July 2017 Joni Brenner and Liz Whitter flew up to do the photo-shoot, the Marigold beading studio was transformed into a photographic studio reminiscent of ones all over Africa. The choice of fabrics, the lighting, the props of looms and strings of beads shared and passed around as the photos were taken speaks to the highly constructed yet spontaneous nature of the images. Some of these are featured on this website and in the book.

Above: The three founder members; Teresa Nkomo, Sifiso Mathe and Siphiwe Dube

Below: From left: Concilia Mukarobwa, Dzidzai Shemaiah Hwende,
Siphiwe Dube, Similo Moyo, Thokozile Maseko

 

'Phambili siyaya, asibuyeli emuva'

'Forward ever, backward never'

– Ndebele proverb

Clockwise from top: Ridia John Samson, Thokozile Maseko,
baby Michael Junior Mtore, Concilia Mukarobwa, Similo Moyo,
Simangele Dube, Jambo Sibanda