Crafts fair to show­case lo­cal cre­ative projects

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LE­SOTHO Moun­tain Crafts (LMC), is set to host its maiden crafts fi­esta dubbed “Le­sotho cre­ative Fair and Fam­ily Fun Day” at their Tey­ateya­neng gallery on 14 March.

LMC is an Ac­tion Le­sotho ini­tia­tive es­tab­lished in 2012 to pro­vide guid­ance, sup­port and train­ing to craft work­ers in Le­sotho in the ar­eas of prod­uct de­sign, prac­ti­cal skills, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, sales and mar­ket­ing.

So far, it has 12 Ba­sotho groups un­der its um­brella with a range of tex­tiles and ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing mo­hair, wool, leather, horn, felt and tra­di­tional Seshoeshoe fab­ric. Their prod­ucts in­clude wall-hang­ings, rugs, bags, slip­pers, san­dals, jew­ellery, cush­ion cov­ers, felt fig­ures and small sou­venirs.

Ac­cord­ing to Ac­tion Le­sotho In­coun­try Direc­tor, Pippa Kearon, the event is meant to pro­vide lo­cal crafters with the plat­form to show­case their work.

“Le­sotho Moun­tain Crafts in­tends to pro­vide Ba­sotho crafters from any part of the coun­try, as it is open for ev­ery­one, with the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their prod­ucts on this given day,” said Kearon.

“This is the first event of its kind which will be held on an an­nual ba­sis and aimed at up­lift­ing the crafts sec­tor within Le­sotho by pro­vid­ing them a com­mer­cial plat­form, com­mu­nity build­ing as well as pro­mot­ing the tourism sec­tor.

“We also see this as an op­por­tu­nity for ser­vice providers to come and ad­dress the crafters about the prod­ucts that can help them grow their busi­nesses.”

She added that the event is not only for com­mer­cial pur­poses but bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether. Apart from the art and craft stalls as well as cul­tural dis­plays, there will also be bounc­ing cas­tles, face paint­ing and in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion stalls about craft op­por­tu­ni­ties in Le­sotho at the event with more than 30 crafters ex­pected to show­case their work.

She con­tin­ued: “Over the past two and a half years, LMC has ob­tained in­ter­na­tional con­sul­ta­tion in mar­ket­ing and arts de­sign which has so far helped our mem­bers to make qual­ity and at­trac­tive prod­ucts.

“With this cor­rect pro­duc­tion, the 12 teams within LMC have man­aged to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for other crafters and tap into the in­ter- na­tional mar­kets as their prod­ucts now sell in coun­tries such as Canada, United King­dom and United States of Amer­ica among oth­ers.”

In an at­tempt to fur­ther grow the crafts sec­tor in Le­sotho, Kearon men­tioned that they have also teamed up with en­ter­prises like BEDCO and the Min­istry of Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment and Cul­ture.

“We are also in the process of ne­go­ti­at­ing with Morija Mu­seum and Ar­chives in or­der to have one of our projects pi­loted at their premises since it is one of the tourist des­ti­na­tions which spe­cialises in crafts.”

Some of the crafts to be show­cased at the Le­sotho Cre­ative Fair and Fam­ily Fun Day.

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