Our Process

Bags and purses

Unique bags and purses are created through a mix of woven grass and African fabrics. The Lutindzi grass is crafted into a long rope, using the traditional method of plaiting. After this, the rope is woven into desired shapes using the traditional weaving methods that have been passed from generation to generation and are a source of pride and identity to every Swazi woman.
Around the woven grass shape, the Tishweshwe (traditional African fabric) is sewn by hand. The whole process is done by a single woman from start to finish, and every piece must pass rigorous quality control at each stage guaranteeing you a durable fahionable item.
Most of this work is done by the women in their homes, allowing them to work flexibly whilst taking care of their families and dependants.

Necklaces, bracelets and earrings

For making beaded jewelry, we use eight steps. We will show these steps to you in images.

Materials

All the materials used for the creation of our accessories are local, natural and sustainable.

Lutindzi Grass

We use ‘celecloa setifera’, (lutindzi in SiSwati) which is an indigenous grass that grows in abundance in the mountains and the rocky outcrops of Swaziland.  Not being suitable for cattle, the grass has been traditionally used as roofing material for the Swazi traditional beehive huts.  Lutindzi is plentiful in summer and only harvested once a year.

Stoneware clay

We use Stoneware clay, that when fired turns creamy-white.  When mixed with water the clay forms a coherent sticky mass that is moulded into various shapes and intricately hand painted to create our beautiful accessories.

Tishweshwe

We use traditional African fabric for our clothes. This is sold at the Manzini market or at the Baobab boutique in Malkerns. All the fabrics we use are local.

Jacaranda Wood

The jacaranda wood is collected from the bushes around Manzini. It is carved into various shapes for our unique items.