- Bolekwa Salusalu learned sewing at a young age and became a talented designer
- However, her hands had to be amputated because of gangrene
- This didn't stop her from sewing and she now creates beautiful traditional wear and school uniforms
Although 62-year-old Bolekwa Salusalu has no hands, she is still able to design and sew beautiful traditional wear and school uniforms.
Salusalu works from her modest home studio in the Eastern Cape, Briefly.co.za learned.
In an interview with Beautiful News, she said her grandmother sparked her interest in sewing when she was still a little girl.
Salusalu took up sewing lessons at school, but had to drop out in Grade 8 due to lack of fees. Nevertheless, her passion for sewing remained.
With time, she became a talented designer and worked as a tailor for 28 years. Unfortunately, she developed gangrene. Both her hands as well as her right leg had to be amputated.
This hardly diminished her passion. On the contrary, the determined designer found innovative ways to keep designing and sewing. She explained:
I put material on the bed, and I draw. My granddaughter or my daughter cuts, then I sew it myself. With my stompie, I'm going to show you.
Salusalu is indeed a powerful and inspiring example of overcoming the odds.
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