Iziko lo Lwazi Craftworkers
female empowerment through creativity
Hout Bay’s informal settlement, Imizamo Yethu, is home to approximately 20 000 people who live mostly in shacks in overcrowded, impoverished conditions. Half the community is unemployed and many households are headed by women. Iziko lo Lwazi Craftworkers, a registered non-profit organisation established in 2001, aims to empower these women through education and employment.
helping the needy to help each other
The organisation operates from the Hout Bay Community Cultural Centre, where workshops teach Xhosa women from Imizamo Yethu how to create beautiful beadwork, paper and associated products, and develop their English language and numeracy skills. The women are also encouraged to play a role in growing the organisation through product development and marketing. They, in turn, support more than 60 community members.
From small beginnings, when paper pulp was produced in a tin bath on the stoep of the library of Imizamo Yethu, the project has grown to the point where it now operates a small workshop and studio adjacent to the community centre. A line of products incorporating beading and papermaking skills has been developed and marketed to the local craft market and various shops around Cape Town and overseas.
All paper products are made using Iziko lo Lwazi’s own, specially created paper, which is made from shredded, recycled paper and different natural materials, such as seaweed, rooibos tea, mielies, river reeds, and horse and camel dung. The women of Iziko lo Lwazi make beaded products using glass beads and high-quality thread. Many of the designs are the women’s own or have evolved from customer feedback. Some of the latest products include beaded vuvuzelas and beaded dog collars, both of which make ideal curios.
An hour-long tour of the facility at a cost of R25 includes learning how to make paper, a gift tag and a beaded decoration to take home. Visitors are also given the opportunity to taste traditional African food. Informal visitors are welcomed at no charge.
Tours are available from Mondays to Fridays, from 09h00 to 16h00. Large groups wanting to tour the workshop should book in advance.
For centuries, mankind has looked upon climbing, hiking and scaling Table Mountain, our wonder of nature as the ultimate challenges – until the discovery of the exhilarating activity, Abseiling, that is!
Diamonds and the associated jewellery are very much engrained in the history of South Africa, with many global diamond and metal mining giants originating here.
Freshly cut flowers – including fynbos species such as king and pincushion proteas, depending on the season – are available from the friendly flower sellers in Adderley Street, where this trade has operated for the past 100 years. These flowers are generally a lot cheaper than anywhere else.
Bugz Family Playpark is one of the best family attractions in Cape Town. It is the largest playpark in Western Cape and has a huge outdoor playground and a magnificent indoor play area.
Cape Diamonds brings you the finest handcrafted jewellery from the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. Whether you are seeking a precision cut ring to propose in style, elegant wedding bands to tie the knot, fine Tanzanite jewellery for someone special, or even a beautiful addition to your collection, you are sure to find just what you need.
Be the first to review this provider.