Armed with scissors and a sewing machine, CHAC educator Jan Unsworth spent three months creating a work of art that shines a light on harmonious diversity and is now hanging brightly on the walls of the College’s St Francis and St Claire Chapel.
Made from Shweshwe fabric purchased in Cape Town last year, the Life and Faith teacher said the quilt’s detailed fabric and intricate design depicts the coming together of all things and reaffirms each individual’s unique value.
“No matter how bright, dull, small or big your part is- if you are not there, the story is not complete,” Jan said.
“Before travelling to South Africa, Desiree Duvenage told me about the traditional Shweshwe fabric. I immediately knew I would make a quilt from these unique fabrics.
“They are printed dyed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing. Originally dyed indigo, the fabric is manufactured in a variety of colours and printing designs characterised by intricate geometric patterns.
“Once only worn by black Africans, these fabrics are a fashion statement for all Africans.”
College Life and Faith teacher Mrs Desiree Duvenage arranged for the quilt to be hung in the Chapel, and said it represented harmonious diversity.
“This exquisite work visually reminds us of our unique contribution to our community. Especially in these trying times, we need to be reminded of our greater connection to each other,” Mrs Duvenage said.
Mrs Unsworth said she believes everyone will form their own interpretation of the quilt’s symbolism but hopes people see the beauty of Africa’s diversity.
CHAC thanks Mrs Unsworth for generously loaning the quilt to the College.