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African Odyssey: A Common Thread... by Zoom

There's something intangible but somehow very real that links together our worldwide textile community. Stitched textile artists Janice Gunner, Liz Hewitt and Magie Relph call it 'a common thread'.

So that became the title of their joint exhibition, originally scheduled for Festival of Quilts 2020.

When COVID got in the way, we moved to plan B - African Odyssey: A Common Thread...  by Zoom.

4 weekly Zoom events starting Wed 29 Sep: more info and booking

Bolga fan in action: Bob cooking boerwurst on the braai

New Bolga fans on the website NOW!

Bob's found a great new use for Bolga fans...

... fanning the charcoal when he's braaing his boerwurst!

What makes Bolga fans so great?

  • Handwoven
  • Colourful
  • Useful
  • Practical
  • Decorative
  • Unique - each fan is a one-off creation

Check out or latest selection of Bolga fans.

Clockwise from top left: Ladybird on Leaf, Hoopee, Peacock and Owl

Wire and beadwork figures from South Africa

South Africa is a wildlife paradise, especially for birdwatchers.

No wonder local artisans have become so expert at interpreting the natural world in wire and beadwork figures.

We have a very limited supply of some particularly beautiful pieces, so be quick. Each figure is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation.

Handmade by Tinashe Crafts in the Western Cape, South Africa.

View and buy: wire and beadwork figures


Furnishings & Interiors: African style

Our reorganised website puts a fresh focus on furnishings and interiors: African style.

Look no further than this new section on our website: African Furnishings & Interiors

Left: full piece of eco-print, 58 x 175 cm. Right: eco-print closeup

Eco-prints from South Africa: linen has never been so beautiful

Hand-dyed eco-prints from Pru Bolus of Langa Lapu in South Africa. 100% linen.

For these pieces, Pru uses totally natural plant materials like bottle brush, bracken fern, harpephyllum and more - all found on her property on South Africa's famous Garden Route.

Each piece is unique. There is only one.

View and buy: Eco-prints

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