South Africa Art and craft

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South Africa’s diverse and dynamic arts and culture heritage is one of its richest and most important resources, with the capacity to generate significant benefits for the nation. South African crafts are as diverse as the people of this country. Variations are due to geographical or tribal differences and the degree of Western or other influences. Traditionally, the design and production of crafts are handed down from one generation to another. Crafters use natural resources such as beads, grass, leather, fabric and clay and recycled products such as plastic bags, paper, cardboard boxes and wires to fashion their artifacts.

Examples of South African Arts & Crafts

Wire Art

Wire art was pioneered by children and parents in the townships and rural areas of the country, who made toys out of the only resources available to them – discarded wire. Wire art is a thriving business and a sophisticated art form, with many producers of wire sculptures supporting families by selling their creations on street corners, at craft markets, in shops and selected art galleries.

Wood Carvings


Zulu Baskets


Zulu Pottery in the Dragensberge


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