'Echo' Bazaar: Rootz Creatorz craft for World Cup

2009-11-25 00:00

WITH the 2010 Football World Cup now just over six months away, you need to start showing your support for the national team — and a great way to do just that is to head to the Echo Craft Bazaar, where you can find puppets inspired by Bafana Bafana football players and their supporters.

Created by Hillcrest-based Rootz Creationz, “Vusi the suppor­ter” and “Fana the player” are part of a new range of products made to coincide with the World Cup.

Carey Moran, spokeswoman for the craft group, which has been attending the Bazaar for the past 15 years, said they hoped to eventually expand the range to encompass all the teams taking part in the tournament.

The puppets are, however, just one element of the crafts produced by this busy group. Visitors to the Echo Craft Bazaar will also be able to see their range of Christmas decorations made from leather, wire work, grass and telephone wire, ceramic money boxes in the shape of radios and a range of Afri pot candles.

Asked why Rootz had always supported the annual craft showcase, Moran said: “The Echo Craft Bazaar really promotes handicrafts in KwaZulu-Natal and gives opportunities to both emerging and established crafters. It makes me proud to go and see what KZN has to offer. I believe KZN has an incredible craft depth and the Echo Craft Bazaar helps showcase that.”

Joining them at this year’s event is Wezandla, a craft project based at Elandskraal (near Dundee) and run by Siggy and Egmund Dedekind, which will be showcasing a range of beaded cushion covers, handbags, runners, table cloths, slippers, Christmas decorations, coasters and te­lephone wire baskets.

“We started with beadwork because traditionally the Zulu people are known for their beadwork skills,” Siggy explained, “but the market for those products was limited so we did a bit of product development and then trained people to make the new items.”

The Echo Craft Bazaar gets underway at Project Gateway in Burger Street, tomorrow. All proceeds go directly to the crafters.

During the four-day event there will be two workshops — one on mosaics and another on beading — for just R75 per session.

For more information, telephone Spotted Owl Events and Promotions at 031 785 1874.

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