I have met some extremely talented and creative artisans throughout my curating and sourcing trips. It’s always fascinating to hear about how they work, their history and to touch and feel their products.
All of the craftspeople below make their products by hand, ensuring that each item has it’s own details and is a distinctive piece. As I visit more countries I hope to add more and more artisans to this list.
SALEM’S DESIGN: ETHIOPIA
Salem’s Designs create beautiful quality products using traditional techniques learnt over generations of craftspeople. Beginning in 2016 Salem has built up a studio which includes cotton weaving, embroidery, basketry, leatherware and jewellery making.
They create products from the highest quality materials. Ethiopian cotton is an industry that has existed in Ethiopia for centuries.
POTIER DE TAMEGROUTE: MOROCCO
Potier de Tamrgroute, craft their distinctive green pottery in the village of Tamegroute in the south of Morroco. The green and yellow pottery is unique to Tamegroute, the formula of this pottery is a closely guarded secret. Designed and made in the village, the green and yellow finishes are formed using an ancient process which remains unchanged.
Each piece is unique with its own marks and textures which are created during the firing process. The three marks which appear on each piece of pottery are an example of this.
CHABI CHIC: MOROCCO
Chabi Chic is a Moroccan lifestyle brand based in Marrakech. I came across their Medina store underneath Nomad restaurant and was immediately taken with their beautiful products.
Based in Marrakech, they work with local artisans and craftspeople in and around Marrakech who use age-old techniques to create modern and chic products. Each product is handmade using fine materials and high-quality finishes.
SWAZI BASKETS: SWAZILAND
Swazi Baskets who create beautifully soft but strong handmade basketware from Swaziland. The baskets are woven using Lutindzi grass. The grass is picked from the ‘eTjebovu’ & ‘Mantenga’ areas on the slopes of the mountains in Swaziland, dried out and then made into ropes which is then coiled, weaved and/or sewn or finger-knitted to create their baskets.
Swazi Basket is a family business, run by Nelton Mavinbela and his family. Nelton is from Swaziland and continuously travels between Cape Town and Swaziland to support his business.
SOUFIANE ZARIB: MOROCCO
Soufiane Zarib is Moroccan rug heaven. Their main store is in an amazing Riad in the Marrakech Medina and is hidden behind a grand front door. Zarib is world famous thanks to the quality of the rugs they stock. They specialise in vintage Berber rugs, large scale and modern luxury rugs.
Along with rugs they also create beautiful cushions and fabrics. The sabra and mudcloth cushions are sourced from Zarib.
MAISON BEN YAMNA D’ART: MOROCCO
Maison Ben Yamna is an artisan weaving workshop based in Fes. Their textiles are some of the softest silks, cashmere and wool I have come across. Our blankets and throws are hand-woven in the studio in Fes by craftspeople using traditional weaving techniques.