Makhanda’s Special Altarpiece

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2022

“It’s exciting to see people coming into the church, because the Cathedral is one of Makhanda’s treasures," said the Cathedral's Eunice Ncwadi who was happy to show me around when I popped in recently.

This popular tourist attraction is known for the wonderful work of the carpenter and especially appealing are the three carved mice in the frames of the Ladies Chapel (mice being the carpenter’s signature). Upon my visit, the hand-crafted tapestry fascinated me. I could see the commitment and unity through the Altarpiece, the expression of pride and joy demonstrated stitch by stitch.

This beautiful Keiskamma tapestry is a handmade embroidery that tells a story through fabric. It was thrilling to find out that in Makhanda we have our own Keiskamma tapestry, even if it is not as magnificent as the one that can be found in the South African parliament.

The Keiskamma tapestries are very significant in preservation of our history and keeping the memories alive. If you happen to be in Makhanda, please visit the Cathedral to see this beautiful work of art.

The Cathedral opens between 09:00 – 15:00 but if let Eunice know that you would like to visit, she is more than willing to keeping the Church open until 16:00.

Blog contributed by Siphokazi Mtana

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