• Taunina

    Celebrated for its iconic hand-embroidered teddy bears, Taunina is a luxury atelier synonymous with timeless artistry and social upliftment. Based in South Africa, the company employs women from disadvantaged communities to craft its one-of-a-kind heirlooms. Each creation is unique, designed and embellished by a single artist over a period of four to seven days.  The rare beauty of a Taunina collection piece lies in the opportunity it affords a woman in need to use her traditional artistry and cultural heritage to provide for her family and be recognised for her exceptional artistic skill. Taunina signature teddy bears have become coveted collectors’ items around the world. Each creation is a work of art, a talisman to be passed from one generation to the next. It is a gift that changes lives.  The name Taunina is an anagram of the Sotho word ’tau’, meaning ’lion’, and ’NINA’, an acronym for ’No Income, No Assets’. Taunina gives women who were once without income and assets the power to become lions of their own destinies.

  • Liesel Trautman

    Liesel Trautman makes beautiful porcelain homeware. Each item is individually finished with loving care and attention to detail. The result: Cups, plates, jugs, vases and bowls that transcends its functionality.

  • Monkeybiz

    Founded in the early 90’s by ceramicist Barbara Jackson, this creative beadwork project produces the most original artefacts – from bags and badges to exotic creatures that are to be found in galleries, museums and personal collections all over the world. Biz works with over 450 women beaders from the surrounding townships most of whom operate from home.

  • Design Afrika

    Binky Newman has created a range of beautiful hand woven objects. Baskets, textiles and adornments are all organically textured: hand-spun cotton, river reeds, palm fibres and mountain grasses have been intertwined and combined with plastic, leather and glass. The result is both functional and visually exciting.

  • Indalo Project

    The Indalo Project is focused on original and sophisticated design. Prioritising “design for sales”, innovation and excellence ensures the economic viability of craft producers.

  • John Bauer

    John Bauer pushes the limits of what is technically possible in ceramics. A sentimentalist, he salvages antique crochet cloth, linens, and lace, and makes these materials immortal by recreating them, stitch by stitch, in porcelain.

  • Mogalakwena Craft Art

    This special little double storey gallery owned by Elbe Coetzee, anthropologist and author of Craft Art in South Africa opened in 2008. Elbe is the owner and founder of the Mogalakwena Craft Village in Limpopo where she works with a team of embroiderers, beaders, weavers and sculptors. The work of these artists is on display together with specialist exhibitions very often focused on the work of women. The gallery is part of the Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Foundation, which works towards economic upliftment to a variety of communities. The 2nd floor is dedicated to works created by craft artists of the foundation.

  • Montebello Design Centre

    See the work of local artists and crafters or relax over a good meal in tranquil surroundings at Montebello. It’s a non-profit organisation dedicated to job creation and good local design. Many artists have studios here so you may just catch them at work Studios & Shops: Montebello Craft Shop, Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant, Greenhouse Nursery, Beloved Beadwork: fine beaded jewellery, John Bauer ceramicist, Beadmakers Guild makes beads for other creative people, African Ethos: African musical instruments, Aspirations Media: broadcast design & motion graphics, Lesley Charnock’s Gallery, Studio, Art School, Ikwezi Art: contemporary African art, Aaron Bakana: garden furniture and fencing, David Krut Projects: fine art & books, D Desks: collaborative design space including M&W Innovative Studio & I:AM Ventures, Prism: human design project, Webfactory: web design & development, Mogalakwena Craft Art: traditional handcraft & contemporary design, Right Mukore: sculpture Butterfly Studio: art classes & workshops exploring the healing nature of arts, Tintiloux: artisanal bodycare products, FlavourUnion: handcrafted food products, Farm Kitchen Table: designing lifestyle from farm to table, Nude Foods: innovative plastic free groceries, Brew Kombucha:Naturally fermented organic rooibos iced tea. Classes offered