From cow-dung to hair: Soweto artists embrace the art of recycling

Sunday Times | Pearl Boshomane:


These Soweto artists comb the fields and dumping grounds of home to find materials for their works. By Pearl Boshomane

Cow dung has many uses. The most obvious (and common) is as fertiliser, but it can also be used to generate fuel and electricity and as mosquito repellent. In many parts of South Africa, it is used to polish floors and insulate huts.

Thabo Molapo is part of a Soweto-based art collective whose members use recycled materials to make their art. He uses thread, wool and human hair to weave his tapestries — some to hang on the wall, others to wear. Image: Daylin Paul

But what about using cow dung to create art…


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