The Keiskamma Trust is a relatively small project producing big things in a remote area of the Eastern Cape. The beautiful artwork created here ends up all over the world brightening up living spaces in places as far away as Canada. An HIV Clinic and a Resource Centre are among the projects that fall under the trust umbrella but on this particular sunny morning the craft projects grabbed our attention. In South Africa The Keiskamma Trust is famous for the magnificent 20 Metre Keiskamma Tapestry that hangs in the Parliament Buildings in Cape Town. This well travelled tapestry created by over 100 women from the Hamburg and Berlin area of the Eastern Cape toured South Africa before coming to rest in the Mother City, and is actually an embroidery not a tapestry created in the Bayeux Tapestry Tradition. The Bayeux Tapestry (also an embroidery called a tapestry) is much older ( about 500 years older) stemming from the middle ages and depicts historic scenes leading up to the Norman Invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings. This famous piece of art now hangs in its own special museum in Bayeux, Normandy. Keeping to tradition the Keiskamma Tapestry provides a colourful, picturesque and detailed account of the history of the Eastern Cape. The women of the project are from local soil, the environment is beautiful and the atmosphere is peaceful. A formula that seems to work well to create artwork that inspires and soothes the soul.
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