Our woman who weave

Our woman who weave

Head weaver Nazeema Solomons sits on the floor in front of the giant loom, cross legged, as she has done for the past 34 years. Her fingers feed the mohair deftly through the strings that make up the warp, and slowly, the complicated geometry of the pattern begins to emerge. Nazeema was born in Green Point in Cape Town, but the family was forced to move to Mannenberg under Apartheid’s notorious Group Areas Act. She has lived there all her life and, with her husband, raised two sons.