Guided Visit to Mapusha Weaving and Sewing Cooperative
With Mapusha Weaving Cooperative
A group of local women crafters jointly formed this cooperative in 1974. The cooperative involves the participation of local women from three generations. The older members have been weaving for 40 years, and the younger women became apprentices in 2003. Together they produce quality tapestries and rugs, as well as colorful African animal and bird mobiles. The studio is on the grounds of the New Dawn Canter sharing the space with a community crèche, an out center and community gardens. Visitors can interact with the weavers, spinners and sewers and get first-hand explanation about their work. The visitors can also meet the children in the creche, who are always actively in arts projects.
For anyone who enjoys crafts and artwork, a visit to the Mapusha Weaving and Sewing Cooperative is a must. For an hour or two, visitors to the facility will be treated to tales of the rich local culture, as well as a viewing of numerous arts and crafts created by the women of the co-op. Visitors can see the work that goes into the creation of lovely crafts, and have the option to purchase art in support of the co-op. The women will share stories about their culture, and will demonstrate the process they follow to make beautiful pieces of artwork from little more than thick piles of wool and thread.