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'isiShweshwe', book launch: 14 September 2017

On 14 September, 2017, VIAD hosted the Johannesburg launch of isishweshwe: A history of the Indigenisation of Blueprint in South Africa, written by VIAD Research Associate Juliette Leeb-du Toit. In a landmark account of the social history of isishweshwe, Leeb-du Toit chronicles the influence and use of indigo, the fabric’s initial emergence in Europe, and its journey via ship and trade to the shores of South Africa in the 17th and 18thcenturies. The book launch was accompanied by an exhibition of works by contemporary South African artists Senzeni Marasela and Siwa Mgoboza.