Carolyn Steyn opens blanket exhibition
By Underground Press
Published Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:36
Johannesburg, 11 July 2023: This year marks a decade since the passing of former president Nelson Mandela, and with Mandela Day approaching, one shopping centre is pulling out all the stops to honour the statesman’s legacy. Collaborating with non-profit organisation 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, Eastgate will be hosting a curated exhibition of masterpiece blankets crafted in Madiba’s honour over the years. The exhibition was opened yesterday, by the organisation’s founder Carolyn Steyn.
Since its inception in 2013, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has distributed well over 167,000 handmade blankets, and hundreds of thousands of scarves to those in need, setting four Guinness World Records in the process. The core purpose is mobilizing people locally and abroad to crochet and knit blankets and scarves, made with love while demonstrating the true meaning of ‘Ubuntu.’
Over the years, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has transformed into a phenomenon – a movement that has captured the attention of South African and international celebrities as well as corporates and KnitWits for Madiba in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, London, the USA, Ireland, Italy, and India.
The exquisite collection of prized blankets will be on display in Eastgate’s Strelitzia Court, until Mandela Day, 18 July 2023. Shoppers are invited to view the masterpieces on show and to support the project by donating wool, hooks, or needles; donating completed blankets, squares, and scarves; or by adopting a knitter, by partnering with someone who has the skills, but not the means, to buy the necessary materials. There will also be crochet classes for those who would like to learn the intricate craft.
“Supporting projects that have the potential to make a real difference in people’s lives is central to our purpose, and we are excited to host the magnificent collection of blankets at Eastgate,” Saadiyah Kahn, General Manager of Eastgate Shopping Centre. “I encourage shoppers to enjoy perusing the masterpieces on exhibit and to support the project wholeheartedly,” she added.