South Africa's beauty showcased

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Artwork showcased at the Beautiful Things Craft Exhibition in Pretoria. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
Artwork showcased at the Beautiful Things Craft Exhibition in Pretoria. Photo: Rosetta Msimango


The craftsmanship and embroidery work created by South Africans and showcased on Thursday night amazed many.

The artwork created by talented artists in the country was displayed at the Beautiful Things Craft Exhibition at the Women's Liberation Heritage Monument at Sammy Marks Square in Pretoria. 

Craftwork displayed at the Beautiful Things Exhibition in Pretoria. Photo: Rosetta Msimango

While an all-women's band dazzled guests with its exquisite piano symphony, artworks were showcased for all to admire. 

An all-women band performed on Thursday evening. Photo: Rosetta Msimango

One of the many guests in attendance was legendary actress Connie Chiume.

Sharing her thoughts on the art displayed, she told City Press: "There was a time when people didn't know what quality meant. We've always dreamt of having a place like this all over the world, but we need to capture the market of South Africa first. We needed an event like this so that the work of South Africans can be admired and appreciated and to show craftsmanship and how they use their hands to create beautiful artworks."

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She added: "We are hoping that with our new minister who seems to be enthusiastic and wanting to help us, we hope things will change because we are being exploited." 

The exhibition's shop and online store will be managed as part of the incubator programme coordinated by the SA Creative Industries Incubator. Photo: Rosetta Msimango

The annual exhibition, which runs until September, not only celebrates the crafters, but also brings about awareness of the rich potential for entrepreneurship in the craft sector and creative industries. The Beautiful Things Exhibition is open daily from Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

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