This placemat 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 is 32 cm dia
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.