Best of KZN artistry and skill on display at Royal Show

2011-05-26 00:00

THE craft gallery at the Royal Showground looks breathtaking, a sea of colour and artistry.

The gallery displays handmade toys, woodwork, quilts, embroidery, knitting, photography, and much more, by KwaZulu-Natal people from all walks of life.

There are three classes in each category: senior, junior and women’s institutes.

The Royal Show president for craft and home industries, Henrietta Whelan, said she is happy about this year’s standard.

The judges have already done their job and winners will be announced on May 31.

“The panel of 20 judges looked at the overall appearance of the articles, the workmanship and the impression they make,” Whelan told The Witness.

Winners receive various prizes in the form of trophies, medals and cash.

Some items will be donated to charities after the show.

Many of the entrants are older women who bring a lifetime of care and skill to their work.

“This show how talented locals are,” Whelan said, pointing out her personal favourites.

The Mooi River Women’s Institute is one of 13 groups taking part in this category, in which the groups stage themed displays of a range of crafts.

The members get together once a month to knit and bake. Their theme this year is “mellow lemon” and they have entered homemade cookies, jam and clothing items.

A member of the group, Maryna Albertyn, said she is excited and nervous about the challenge and she hopes they take the first prize.

She told The Witness that the Royal Show is the main local exhibition they take part in.

One of the 15 schools that entered the competition is special education school Newton High. Principal Dave Ellapen is confident his pupils will beat the rest in the junior category.

“The pupils have worked hard. Some even worked over the holidays to finish.

“It’s very therapeutic for my pupils; it boosts their confidence and trains their minds,” he said.

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