I had the pleasure of meeting Ina le Roux at Quilt Market in Houston last week. Ina is from South Africa and she has a company called Tamabani Textiles & Gifts. Ina has been teaching the women of Venda in South Africa how to embroider and create little pieces of art that tell the folk tales of their tribe. The embroideries are used as applique blocks and have been marketed around the world. This work allows the women to have an income with which they can help to support their families.
Here is Ina, on the left, and her helper at Houston Quilt Market.
Ina's poster showing the women of Venda
The embroideries are beautifully done and each one tells a folk tale of the Venda tribe. When you purchase one these panels, you also get the printed story and a picture of the woman who did the embroidery.
More embroideries on display in Ina's booth