PE to host 19th SA National Quilt Festival

2017-06-28 06:00
Ekramy Hanafy Ahmed Mahmoud (right), one of the Tentmakers of Cairo, is doing a demo at the Egyptian Embassy in Canberra. He will be teaching at the 2017 South African National Quilt Festival.Photo: SUPPLIED

Ekramy Hanafy Ahmed Mahmoud (right), one of the Tentmakers of Cairo, is doing a demo at the Egyptian Embassy in Canberra. He will be teaching at the 2017 South African National Quilt Festival.Photo: SUPPLIED

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FOR the first time since 2006, Port Elizabeth will play host to the South African National Quilt Festival which will take place next month.

The Dias Quilters’ Guild will host the We Create National Quilt Festival, an eagerly awaited event that attracts delegates from all over South Africa and abroad.

The highlight of the festival is the exhibition of stunning hand- and machine made competition quilts created by the top quilters and textile artists in South Africa.

A wide variety of quilt and textile related workshops will run throughout the week, as well as lunch hour lectures. Many quilt shops from around South Africa and major sewing machine companies will be trading at the festival, offering a great shopping experience.

For the first time ever in South Africa two men will be representing the world-renowned Tentmakers of Cairo, Egypt, on the teaching panel.

They will pass on a time-honoured tradition that has been passed from father to son over generations. Their magnificent applique quilts will also be on display in their own exhibition.

Jenny Bowker, a high-profile Australian quilt teacher who noticed the men’s work and introduced them to the worldwide quilt shows, will teach two workshops and present a lecture on the Tentmakers of Cairo.

Adding to the excitement, the Keiskamma Project and 67 Blankets for Mandela will also feature at the event.

The 19th South African National Quilt Festival will take place from July 3 to 8 at the Collegiate Girls’ High School in Parsons Hill.

Open times from July 3 to 7 are from 9am to 6pm and from 9am to 3pm on July 8.

Entry to the festival is R50 per adult, R20 for learners and free to children under the age of 12.

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