Crafting with Bhuti & Sisi is a local community based crafting experience offering visitors the chance to meet and buy directly from the crafters in their own communities or environment. It is also a learning experience as our crafters offer visitors the chance to try their hand, learn what inspires the crafting of a specific item and find the context which motivates the crafters on our Dreamcatcher travel routes.
Visitors can soon experience first hand the impact of our new craft and design project, Wasteland – Graced Land with the underlying theme: Waste is Mine its Yours, which is currently hailed as a workable model to share wider afield. Working in partnership with the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom, our pioneering project is developing crafts and the skills necessary to manufacture crafts from recycled items. The project also uses the invader plant specie ‘Acacia Cyclops’ in the designs. The initiative is empowering crafters who have signed up in the community of Melkhoutfontein,in the region of Hessequa on the Garden Route, to ‘Trend up their Trash‘ by turning it into a resource to sustain themselves, whilst we are simultaneously contributing to the environment to eradicate and use the invaders.
Complementing our flagship visitor experiences, CookUp -and Homestays with Kamamma a number of Dreamcatcher Kamammas were trained by a volunteer from the United States whose passion is needlework. The Kamammas are producing hand made aprons to increase their income. The trendy aprons are making their way into kitchens across the world!
As the wave of discerning visitors interested in ensuring that the lion’s share of the price of the craft(s), contribute to the sustenance of those who produced them, increases, so too does their feelings, so shard with us, that they are happy to support and take away a craft which has been made in the area they visit,. In so doing they are empowering the crafters and their families. Together we build stronger communities and quality of life.
Where can I go Crafting with Bhuti and Sisi?
- Klapmuts, Cape Winelands
- Melkhoutfontein, Hessequa, Garden Route
- Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands
- Ndebele Kingdom, Mpumulanga
- Soweto, Gauteng
- Stutterheim, Eastern Cape