South African Arts and Crafts in the Drakensberg
Local communities are more and more developing a
dynamic network of African artists and craftswomen from the Drakensberg
region in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa. The Artists are exhibiting their artwork
mainly though community
pot makers following traditional techniques
combine with bead, leather and wireworkers to produce a distinctive range
of handmade gifts. Unique wood carvings porcupine quill jewelry basketwork
fill out the range of arts and crafts on offer.
Through this craftwork the women express their
natural creativity and generate skills and income, nurturing their
families and developing their communities. There are many community
upliftment programs mostly small scale motivated by self upliftment of the local people.
an enquiry If you would like to support our local art and craft
projects then please email us.
If you are interested in purchasing any South
African Art and Craft then let us know what you are interested in and we
will send you some prices. By buying crafts you are supporting our local
communities directly. Buy
South African Art and Craft
The women of the Drakensberg area are skilled in age-old handcrafts, such as
the plaiting and weaving of indigenous grasses - a Zulu
tradition that has been handed down from mother to daughter over generations.
The woven grass (uhashu) creates baskets, bowls and mats in a wide variety of
out-of-Africa colours. The men and young boys also produce uniquely sculptured
clay animals and wood carvings
is possible to buy locally produced arts and crafts from vendors at many other
locations in KwaZulu
Natal and South Africa. And its about supporting the local people that a
route out of poverty can be created. Arts and crafts of South Africa offer
just such an opportunity.
Examples of artworks, arts and crafts
available in South Africa
Hand-carved wooden sculptures and carvings with more traditional
themes, Fine items made from exotic ebony wood, Large and life size
teak wood statues, Soapstone Stone carvings each individually hand
carved, Moroccan Wood Carvings, including Boxes, Picture Frames,
Letter Holders, Book Ends, Dice and more..
Fabulous home decorations and Africa accents. A range of Ashanti
stools and Large South African Chief Chairs
All jewelry shown is completely hand made, authentic, and completely
African in origin and design. This jewelry will be noticed by
everyone, will make tremendous conversation pieces
- Musical Instruments
Exotic African Musical instruments not easily found elsewhere -
including a selection of Djembe Drums, Shakera, Kpalogo, Egyptian
Tambourine, Koras, Balophone, Cocotu and more...
- African Dolls
Choose from an almost unlimited variety of handmade African dolls
- Wicker & Weaving Tools
Truly authentic African artifacts - Wicker Baskets and other
- Batiks & Cloth
A range of Unique batik Cloth paintings from Ivory Coast and West
- Oil Paintings
Beautiful original oil paintings - depicting African scenes.
- Brass Artwork
Each piece is individually made. No two are exactly the same because
the mold is broken in the process of making the piece. These will
retain their original brilliant look indefinitely as each work is
solid brass; not just plated.
- Leather Art
All made from genuine leather - featuring African Animals - great
- Kitchen Implements & Tableware
Tablecloths, salad sets, spoons, napkin rings, oven mits, coasters,
Southern Drakensberg - Arts & Crafts
- Eco Berg Soaps
Telephone: (033) 702 1401
- Berghaven Ceramics
Telephone: (033) 702 1096
- Loteni Craft Market
Telephone: (033) 702 0060
- Parnassos Fine Art Studio
Telephone: (033) 701 1562
Other Arts and Crafts in South Africa
- Durban - African Art Centre
The African Art Centre is unique in S.A. as an outlet for a wide range
of creative cultural works. This non-profit project is based in Durban
and aims to promote the traditional artistic heritage of African
- Marine Parade - DumaZulu Traditional Village
An unrivalled ethnic experience in the heart of Zululand, with
accommodation next door in different units, each representing a
different tribe in South Africa.
Strategically placed for eco-tourism, with cultural and historical
trips to places of interest in Zululand and Maputoland. Arts and
Crafts from the local communities at the all park entrances.
links to South African Arts and Crafts online
artist - Elliot Mkhungo - African arts, crafts and curios. Bull
horn bird hand carved by South African artist Elliot Mkhungo.
Artist Gallery - Dealers of non-conformist and non-ethnical
African art in watercolors, oil paintings. Unusual textured collages
depicting the African wildlife and culture of Southern Africa.
paintings fair trade charity arts foundation - African art gallery
online - South African artists fair trade charity arts centre. Bushman
art paintings - Bethesda foundation
Wildlife Artworks - African Wildlife Artworks by Gordon Howard.
Nortje - Website of artist Alain Nortje
Museum - Collections and research cover history, archaeology,
freshwater invertebrates and fishes, geology and terrestrial insects.
The Museum also has a large herbarium, reference library and genealogy
- Aquila Art
- Virtual art gallery based in Bloemfontein offering African artworks,
paintings and sculptures.
& Culture - Local artists work in a wide variety of media from
painting, sculpture, graphics and ceramics to different crafts,
doll-making and fashion design
- Art in South
Africa - Lists South African artists, art associations, art
galleries and art events.
- Arts Alive
- Arts Alive is the biggest international festival of arts and
culture in South Africa.
and Crafts Western Cape, South Africa - A get-together place of
artists and crafters with pictures, info and links to shops, markets
- All inclusive SA arts site which showcases SA faces, talent and
- Art : South
African Virtual Art Gallery - Paintings for sale, specialist
advice on investing in art.
- Artzone -
The South African Arts and Cultural Hub.
- Bosch Munro
Gallery - Gallery & Studios in Graskop in the Mpumalanga
highlands displaying work by the owners and other local artists.
- Bushpig Art
and Crafts - The Bushpig in Knysna, South Africa, is a design
studio, craft workshop and gallery.
Town Opera - Provides information on current and forthcoming
productions, training and development, artistic and production staff
and ticket reservations.
Centurion Art Centre - A
one-stop art shop and framing facility.
Adnams Art - Dave Adnams has been specialising in automotive art
for decades. A trained graphic artist, he swapped the world of
advertising for the more satisfying profession of creating original
art for individual customers and corporations.
Dreams - Soul Art, airbrush artists of fine art, commercial art,
illustrations, murals, airbrushing, custom painting, posters and
Goodies - Genuine homemade arts and crafts from the heart of South
- King George VI
Art Gallery - Serving all sectors of the public through programmes
of art research, conservation, publications, educational and recreational events
- Lindley Art
Gallery - Come and visit our Gallery, we hope that you will enjoy
the art works and information available.
Gallery - Exhibits of works by established and emerging South
African artists. Assists private and corporate buyers wishing to
invest in art.
Art Emporium - South African online art gallery.
Africa Pictures - Pictures and Photos of South Africa, Including
Scenery, People, Culture, and Animals.
Drawing Room - Describes the work and contact details of Pat
Illustrators Portfolio - Database of professional freelance
illustrators in South Africa. Features illustrations, cartoons and
caricatures by a selection of South Africa's leading illustrators.
South African Skies - Photos made during visits in 1994 &
Arts Crafts Links