These baskets are woven by a group of over 700 rural women in the mountains of Swaziland.
Their aim is to create innovative contemporary designs using traditional hand skills and locally sustainable raw materials. Their aim is to create innovative contemporary designs using traditional hand skills and locally sustainable raw materials. They use Lutindzi grass.
The women, many of whom are grandmothers, work from home enabling them to maintain a traditional lifestyle and to care for their own children, and many vulnerable or orphaned children within their community.
size 21 cm dia
The Tshwaranang-B Co-Op group of pensioner ladies get together to chat, offer each other support, and most importantly to make things.
They create the wonderful “Goodwill Dolls” which show the traditional dress from various tribal groups in South Africa.
Each doll comes with a tag saying who has made their lovely doll, and the tribe it represents.
The sale of these gorgeous dolls adds important income to these grandmothers, who are usually raising their grandchildren, with the numbers involved steadily growing in the township of Soweto Sth Africa.
Size Aprox 25-30 cm
Among the Nguni people the Sangoma is an important specialist, a diviner who claims contact with the ancestral spirits. It is believed that she reveals the will of the spirits. The Sangoma is revered as the protector of society and her opinion and judgement are highly valued.
Size 18 cm high