Queens of crocket

Your Baby & Toddler - - Baby Talk -

Ab­so­lutely crazy about cro­chet? Then you’re sure to love the com­mu­nity- based project Ukuthunga Hand­made.

It’s a group of about 25 women spread out across Mpumalanga – some are in small ru­ral places like Mpak­eni and Msholozi, oth­ers in Sa­bie and White River – and they hand­craft the most beau­ti­ful of cro­chet things.

In­clud­ing all kinds of stuffed an­i­mals and baby blan­kets. But there are also more adult things: plant bas­kets and other stor­age so­lu­tions, rugs, shop­ping bags and doorstops.

They also wel­come be­spoke or­ders – such as party favours for wed­dings and birthdays as well as cor­po­rate gifts.

A cro­chet mouse like one in the pic will cer­tainly take the party- pack game to a whole new level.

Best place to fol­low them is on Face­book (@Ukuthunga). Here you get to meet the women be­hind the project – like Ti­nah Moy­ane, whose spe­cial­ity is cute stuffed cro­chet lions – and also see the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of a small non- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in Mzansi.

Their Face­book page is also where you’ll find con­tact de­tails of the or­gan­is­ers and find out where you can buy; they sup­ply their lo­cal craft mar­kets and se­lect stores in some of the big­ger towns in Mpumalanga.

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