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Media Alert: Minister Mbombo takes IsiShweshwe Traveling exhibition to Lwandle

25 September 2014

Cultural Affairs and Sport Minister, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, will be launching the IsiShweshwe Traveling exhibition at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum this afternoon as part of the 2014 Heritage Month celebrations.

The exhibition celebrates the beauty of isiShweshwe clothes, from street wear to costumes which carry deep cultural significance.  It also looks at how isiShweshwe has entered the world of high fashion, showing the ways that South African designers use this cloth, once primarily valued for its thrifty qualities, to create beautiful items of clothing and express their creativity.  It is also is a World Design Capital 2014 exhibition.

The exhibition consists of 10 panels and 12 dolls dressed in isiShweshwe fabric in nine different designs. It traces the history of isiShweshwe, and its indigo print cloth predecessors, and celebrates the richness of the ways that it is used in contemporary dress in South Africa.

Minister Mbombo will be taking this exhibition to the people of Lwandle and it will make its way across the province in different museums.

Date:  Thursday, 25 September 2014
Time:  15:00
Venue: Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, Somerset West.


  • Take the N2 to Somerset West.
  • Continue past Somerset West and after the BP Service station, at the next intersection, turn right where the sign on the N2 says ‘Lwandle’.
  • This is Onverwacht Road.
  • After about 100 metres, as you enter Lwandle, you will come to a traffic circle with a large HIV/AIDS statue.
  • Take the first left in the circle and follow the road to another circle.
  • There you will take the first exit and follow the road (bearing left) until you see the taxi rank/terminal on your left hand side and the museum on the right in Vulindlela Street.
  • There is parking in the museum grounds.
Media Enquiries: 

Siviwe Gwarube
Spokesperson for Minister Mbombo
Tel: 021 483 9800
Cell: 076 055 6280