chapter  7
Archives of Apartheid
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Conceived by South African sculptor Andries Botha, the project Amazwi Abesifazane, Voices of Women, has been centered around the production of “memory cloths”—small embroidered, sometimes beaded pieces of colored fabric that tell the stories of traumatic events experienced by indigenous women, most of them Zulu and from the townships of South Africa.4 These are the stories that have been left out of the discussions about the nightmares of apartheid. Involving more than two thousand participants, the project has attempted to create a forum so that these women might finally be heard while they cultivate their own creativity, earn money from such work, develop their consciousness as women, occupy their rightful place in history, and connect with other indigenous women globally.