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Posted on: Friday, 19 April 2013

Arts and Crafts in KwaZulu Natal

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African Arts and Crafts

African Arts and Crafts

Exploring the arts and crafts of a destination means getting to know the culture and vibe of that place, immersing yourself in its essence. South Africa has a complex and fascinating history, and the arts and crafts produced here often tell a poignant story of yesteryear. Therefore, it is a enchanting destination and visitors are encouraged to amble around the craft markets and stop at the street vendors to get a taste of this heritage and creativity.

KwaZulu Natal is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the country and the world to be a part of its gorgeous beauty and fascinating culture.

Africarve is in Port Edward and is dedicated to showcasing the exquisite hand-carved crafts (including door signs) of local artists. These artisans have a real passion for what they do and this shows in their creations, which transform the splendour of natural wood into something unique, even practical.

S’khumba Leather Crafts, in Southbroom, offers stunning hand-crafted leather goods for just about everybody. There are belts, shoes, jewellery, wind chimes, bags and other accessories, all crafted in top-notch South African cowhide. There is also a coffee bar here for visitors wanting to enjoy the peace of the forest. Summertime brings with it live music performances at night, creating an awesome, laid-back vibe.

Beautiful woven bowl

Beautiful woven bowl

For the finest woven rugs, blankets, and other accessories, Die Spinwiel is sure to impress. In addition to woven goods, Die Spinwiel also showcases pottery and paintings, sourced from a number of different artists to give visitors an array of creative beauty from which to choose. Situated at KwaZulu-Natal’s St Michaels on Sea, this attraction is a great place to invest in some awesome gifts for friends and family back home.

Jabberwock is a cute shop filled to the brim with a range of goodies for young and old. These include jewellery, candles, wind chimes, handmade paper, embroidery, and pampering accessories for the bath.

Recycled glass and gemstone jewellery is showcased at Inandi Crafts. These original pieces are beautifully crafted as magnificent jewellery that makes wonderful gifts for loved ones (or a special treat to yourself!)

As a project of the Rotary Club of the Hibiscus Coast, the Uvongo Flea Market is open every Saturday and Sunday morning. There is a range of goods on sale here – from African artefacts to toys, plants, hand-made clothing and crafted items for the home. There is also an open-air tea room, which is the perfect place to be refreshed while spending a morning shopping in the warm KwaZulu Natal sunshine.

Funky, colourful fabrics

Funky, colourful fabrics

Rare Earth Ceramics is the perfect pit stop for those that love ceramic craft ware. Situated in Port Edward, there is gorgeous ceramic art available for purchase, as well as candles, bisque ware, decoupage, porcelain dolls and art materials. Rare Earth Ceramics even offers tuition for those interested in trying their hand at this craft.

Unique, exclusive pieces are available at Emithini Artwear, where every piece is designed by the in-house team of artists. These pieces comprise hand-painted and dyed linen, clothing, décor, party pieces and accessories. This is a much-loved craft outlet as purchasers are assured that each piece that they purchase was designed and created by Emithini and is, therefore, limited edition.

Visit KwaZulu Natal Craft and Flea Markets or book your Durban holiday accommodation here.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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