Book: Tinhlelo

Interweaving Art and Mathematics: Colourful Basket Trays from the South of Mozambique

Paulus Gerdes, Lulu, 2010

“Tinhlelo” exist in each family of the vast Mozambique. We need to know that there are no factories for the production of the “tinhlelo.” “Tinhlelo” knowledge is endogenous knowledge that repeats itself, recreates itself, and adorns itself in the multiplicity of its models, sizes, colours, and functions. No conventional school orients this learning. The families, the remarkable, curious and master artisans, are the ones who are creating and maintaining these products of eloquent usefulness in our families. The families recreate the art of this mathematical weaving!

(From the foreword)


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