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Item date(s): 2013

Elbé Coetsee

Medium: Textiles, embroidery cotton
Pages: 320 x 320
Edition: Unique

Type: Codex
Theme(s): Traditional medicine (muti), morotela tshotshi

Place publication: Cape Town
Publisher: Mogalakwena Craft Art Project
Exhibition 2017

Reference note:
This hand-bound book contains six pages with drawings that are hand embroidered, illustrating the use of a traditional medicine (muti), morotela tshotshi, to heal stomach pain. Accompanying texts, written in Sepedi and English and thereafter embroidered, explain the illustrations.

This book is the only edition of Morotela Tshotshi and forms part of a larger body of work, a research project that includes the collection, documentation, categorisation, contextualisation, preservation and dissemination of contemporary Northern Sotho oral culture in the Blouberg area of Limpopo, South Africa.

Created by embroiderers of the Mogalakwena Craft Art Project - Elisa Ngoepe, Asnath Tshipu, Sina Mathikithela, Esther Makgato, Sanna Mokgaha, Selina Phukela, Asnat Makubila, Violet Maribeng, Selina Mokgaha, Regina Boloka, Paulina Makobela, Lenny Motsoko, Rebecca Sepaela, Catherine Mpe, Anna Mpe and Elbe' Coetsee.

Exhibition notes:
‘Booknesses: Contemporary South African Artist's Books’.

FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg.

Curated by David Paton and Eugene Hon.

24 March - 5 May 2017

Ref: DP/17015

Covers of Leswikana (l) and Morotela (r)

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