The tradition and skill of basket weaving goes back three generations to Thuli Ndlela’s and Slindile Msibi’s great-grandmother, Paulina Ngcobo from Amazizi village in the Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal.
Paulina taught her children how to get up at 6am in the morning to collect reeds, returning home with bundles on their heads by 4pm each day. The only child who managed to master this skill was the late Minah Thobi Miya, who passed on her skill to her children, Doris and Nelly Msibi Miya.
Both Doris and Nelly went on to teach basket weaving to Thuli Ndlela and Slindile Msibi, the great-grandchildren of Paulina Ngcobo.
“Craft work has been very helpful to us from the beginning till now, because it feeds our families.” admits Thuli. “We are still continuing with the craft work because our families are still standing because of it.”
Especially since the onset of Covid-19, and the negative impact on tourism in the area, this age-old craft and tradition continues to support Thuli Ndlela, Slindile Msibi, Doris Miya and Nelly Msibi and their families.
Each AMOGELANG basket is handcrafted by Paulina's grandchildren and great-grandchildren; each AMOGELANG basket tells its own story.
Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
Product of South Africa.
Weight: 0,8 kg
Dimension: 18cm(H) x 24cm(W)
Dimension of flatpack: 25cm(L) x 25cm (B) x 20cm (H)
Material and Care:
Thatching grass, raffia (blue or brown)
Wipe clean using a damp cloth and mild cleaner.
We seek to use only natural elements that are sourced locally. All packaging is recyclable and environmental friendly.
AMOGELANG means "accept/acceptance" (Sotho/Tswana)".