Design collab sparks a new beginning for an ancient KwaZulu-Natal craft

Furniture-making duo Houtlander have joined forces with the master women weavers of the isolated village of Hlabisa

07 July 2019 - 00:11 By Lisa Witepski

Hlabisa's Wikipedia entry is markedly short; just four lines describing the village's location in KwaZulu-Natal. And that's basically it for the area, as far as Internet presence is concerned. There's no mention of the fact that many of the country's master weavers have hailed from this area, nor that Aids has swept through, taking many of its young people with it. Which raises a question: without a new generation to learn, is this where the skills of those master weavers, honed and perfected over centuries, ends? ..

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