Bazaar: KZN craft at affordable prices

2011-11-15 00:00

THE work of traditional (and not-so-traditional) craftspeople in KwaZulu-Natal will feature at the annual Witness Craft Bazaar that will take place at the Edgars court in the Liberty Midlands Mall next week.

The bazaar will have several new exhibitors like the Isiphikeleli project from Mooi River that makes knitted goods and the Masimbonege Weavers’ bead- and feltwork that shoppers have come to expect at the bazaar, and a wide selection of the famed Magwaza beer pots.

These beer pots, which are collectors’ pieces, are exported throughout the world.

Professor Juliet Armstrong of the University of KwaZulu-Natal has been researching traditional beer pots and the history behind them.

This pottery is made by women who collect the clay with the help of children. They mix different kinds of clay according to the type of vessel being made. They make the basic foundation from coils of clay and add the designs to the wet clay surface in drinking and serving vessels.

The vessels are left in the sun to dry before being fired in temperatures of 900°C. The heat changes the composition of the clay, making the fired vessel water-resistant. Drinking and serving vessels are given a second carbonised firing.

The Witness Craft Bazaar will be open from November 24 to 28, 9 am to 6 pm daily, except on Sunday when it closes at 5 pm. A wide selection of crafts will be on sale at affordable prices to the public.

Contact Gail at gail@spotted for more information.

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