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Phathiswa
Ncaphayi

Born 1974, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Phathiswa was born in Ngcobo and has 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Her favourite thing to do on Sundays is going to church. She loves being at home and cooking for her family. When she isn’t beading she loves to dance with other traditional healers and welcoming people in need to her home.

Phathiswa Ncaphayi

Let’s hear from Phathiswa:

Ukhuliswe kanjani?
Sakhula sisokola ekaya uMama wam wayesifundisa amakuko ingobozi imitshayelo ayotengisa epeyini uTata wetu wayengapangeli eserhawutin bendingutwana ebewatanda umsebenzi wezandla ndisenza onopopi ngamacingo bendiryt kakulu ekaya ndingquha ndike amanzi ukubya kwam esikolwe enkosinto endikutazayo ebomini bam kungaxhomekeki ndenze imtsimi ndiyonwabele.

Any stories of your upbringing? What was your upbringing like?
When I was growing up we were struggling at home and my mum taught us how to make grass mats, Ingobozi and brooms to sell at the paying grant stations. My father was in Johannesburg, jobless.

Ngubani wakwazisa ngentsimbi?
Intsimbi ndayifundiswa ngu Doris Samora.

How were you introduced to beading?
I learnt how to do beadwork from the late Doris Hlekani from Samora.

Yintoni ekukhuthazayo ebomini?
Into endikhuthazayo ebomini bam kungaxhomekeki ndenze intsimbi ndiyonwabele.

What inspires you in life?
Something that inspires me in life is to be independent. I get this from doing beadwork and I am enjoying it.

Yintoni oyithandayo kakhulu ukukhlohla intsimbi?
Into endiyitandayo ngentsimi kukuhlala endlini wenze umsebenzi awudibani nezinto zangapadle

What do you love about beading?
I like that beading gives me the ability to stay home and avoid unnecessary danger outside.

Yintoni ofuna abantu bayazingawe?

What do you want to be known for?
I want people to know that I love nice things, I love to be independent and that I love to share my skill with other people.

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