AYO AMON DEMI supported by MISSIBABA
SOUTH AFRICA | 2010
SECTION OF DRESS: Kayamandi
A vibrant depiction of daily life.
Ayo Amon Demi created a bold and engaging scene depicting elements of her experience living in the Kayamandi Township - a suburb of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa. (Kayamandi means "nice home" in the Xhosa language, from khaya meaning "home" and mnandi meaning "nice").
The embroidery includes a farmer with bison ploughing a field, a woman pounding yams, a guitar, broom, colourful women in traditional clothing and a mother with baby on her back looking after her children.
Ayo worked for Missibaba, a beautiful textile label creating bags, accessories and art. Led by artist Chloe Townsend and dedicated to empowering women, every single Missibaba item is handmade by a skilled artisan in their small studio overlooking Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
I was sad to learn from Chloe that Ayo has now sadly passed away of old age. Her panel lives on, and remains a much loved and admired part of the Red Dress.
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