Women in Indigenous Art

Nomonde Madlalisa

Nomonde Madlalisa is the director of Masizame Women’s Project which was established in 1998 in Coffee Bay in the Eastern Cape.

The project’s aim is to create jobs for the local women through craft development and in doing so expose the craft of basket weaving and the richness of the Xhosa culture.

The women cut river reeds or “Imizi” – which is dried – and then used for both the weft and the warp of the weaving process.







Helen Sebidi

Helen Sebidi developed a life-long love for the designs of traditional arts and crafts when as a young girl she spent time with her grandmother who was a traditional wall and floor painter.

She experienced difficulty pursuing art as a career, and this fostered her concern with the development of art appreciation and art education. She taught at the Katlehong Art Centre, worked for the Johannesburg Art Foundation, taught at the Alexandra Art Centre and participated in numerous art projects with community organisations.

The life history of the struggle of this consummate artist, to follow her innate need to express herself through art, her adversity and challenges, and finally her critical success, stand as a metaphor for our collective struggle to define ourselves as a nation.




Angelina Ndimande

Angelina Ndimande is the daughter of the legendary Francina. From childhood she was initiated into mural painting and other associated creative activities under the stern eye of her mother.

As her mother was aging she became the main creative force and developed the IsiRayton- Rayton style of Ndebele painting. This style was named after the little town of Rayton, close to kwaNdebele, where the women saw and liked the hanging lights and buildings these became their motif (as opposed to the Esther Mahlangu iTshefana- razor blade- style).

Angelina has traveled with her mother to numerous countries in the world and participated in a number of international art exhibitions and Bienalles.