DuNoon Urban Weavers is a unique project in the Western Cape set up to encourage traditional Xhosa weaving in an urban area. Design Afrika helped found this group – with funding from the City of Cape Town’s mayoral office – and now partners with the group’s twelve members who produce exclusively for us. Design Afrika has negotiated a special permit for the group to harvest imisi reeds in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, a conservation corridor which runs through urban Cape Town.
One of Design Afrika’s home grown range of unique organic shaped vessels, hugely successful around the world and revitalizing the ancient craft of African basket weaving
Design Afrika designs, markets and promotes finely crafted hand woven basketry and fabrics in an ethical and sustainable manner. They are based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Since 1995, Design Afrika has been sourcing and designing unique homeware from all over Africa. Founder Binky Newman spends a great deal of time in remote villages around Africa, working with marginalised women who have an ancient heritage of weaving baskets. Using traditional weaving techniques and stitches, Design Afrika creates objects with a deeper story, blurring the boundaries between design and craft. They exhibit at Maison et Objet in Paris annually.