Queens of crocket
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.