Due South Craft Routes
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While traditional craft remains popular, many crafters now draw inspiration from contemporary lifestyles.
Are you intrigued by South Africa's creative culture? Do you wonder about how to find exactly the right items you desire? And best of all, do you want to meet the people that make them?
If you answer yes, then you should consider Due South craft routes in South Africa.
Your first step is to acquire the Due South Craft Route travel guide, a large brightly coloured book on sale in most good bookshops. In it you'll find carefully detailed pointers to more than 500 craft projects, categorised by province.
Each entry has contact details and a description of the craft or crafters. A compelling feature is that the book also suggests places where you can stay over, and details other attractions in each region.
It's a brilliant service to visitors and the project helps the crafters to generate an income. Due South arts and crafts are spread the length and breadth of the country and you can design your own craft route through South Africa via the products that interest you.
The main attraction, arguably, is being able to meet the crafters and artists themselves. Go to Agora Crafts Centre in the Karoo town of Hanover and meet Joel Moagi, for example, who incorporates Tswana myths and fears about nature's unpredictability into his work.
Or to Glaasstudio in the southern Free State town of Jagersfontein to find a beautiful blend of African and French wirework, adorned with beads and stained glass.
Or head up to the Venda Art Route, where you will find many fascinating sculptors, including Albert Munyai. He believes that when God created the Universe, He was making art. On this broad canvas he gave each plant a rustle, insects a sound, animals a call, every bird a song, and people different colours, shapes and languages.
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Fax: +27 (0) 12 362 0204