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Threads of Gold

It began in 2002, when Julia Meintjes was assembling an art collection for RFC Ambrian’s Sydney office.

When the MD of RFC Ambrian, Rob Adamson, saw a woven copper bowl by an artist from Mdukatshani in the Thukela (Tugela) Valley, he asked whether a similar bowl could be made in gold wire. Due to the difficulties in weaving with 18-carat gold wire, the first little bowl was a challenging experiment.

The commission was given to Mzonzima Dladla, and because of technical, creative and logistical difficulties, it took until 2005 for the first little gold bowl to be completed.

Threads of Africa is the story of the artists and their creative process.