Quilts of love for Desmond and Leah Tutu

The quilts hanging from the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island have love stitched into each of them. On 3 October, Archbishop Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu came to see it for themselves as the museum launched Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action.

The collaborative project sees The Desmond & Leah Legacy Foundation (D&LLF), Michigan State University Museum and a selection of talented South African and American artists using the museum’s open space to pay tribute to the world-changing couple. Their efforts to fight for human rights, their love for each other and love for humanity are the obvious themes for exhibition which is almost as colourful and profound as their journey as activists and teachers.

Many of the quilted beauties are made from scratch with artists dyeing and weaving their creativity and love into the fabric.

The space is open to the public between 3 October and 4 November 2016—just in time to celebrate the birthday of our teacher, our peacekeeper and friend on 7 October. A joyful birthday to our Tutu.