The maker’s story
‘Following the daily routine of weaver Siphiwe Mngometulu in rural Swaziland, three biogra- phy baskets have been crafted, telling the stories of three Gone Rural women, over three generations of Siphiwe’s family.
‘ Siphiwe’s Collection: ‘Siphiwe is the backbone of her homestead. She left school after falling pregnant and began weaving to support her child. Together, Siphiwe and her husband had six more children, building a life at his homestead. Then one day he sold all their cattle and left. He did not return for four years. Siphiwe had to leave her husband’s family homestead. But with her income from Gone Rural, she was able to start her life again; building a new house and buying animals. Her husband now visits a few times each year. She celebrates his return by slaying a chicken or goat for him. However, she is yet to regain her cattle herd. This is her ultimate dream. '