The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair is a trend-setting, haute couture ‘craft’ market that showcases exceptional South African design and hand crafted goods. From truly exceptional gin, to exquisitely crafted cloths, decor and jewellery, this market is a wonderland.
Full of exceptional local beauty
Here are some of my favourite items from the market, and some wonderful crafters to bookmark.
Matter of Fakt pendant
Matter of Fakt earrings
The Ninevites – beautiful handwoven rugs and wall art. The pieces are made with local wool.
Some of the local, hand-dyed wool used in the weavings.
There was some live-weaving in the market – so beautiful.
The ‘creative’ behind the wevings chatting to one of the many women doing the weaving; the friends behind Ninevites hire women from Lesotho, where weaving is part of the culture, to create the rugs and wall hangings.
Classy and colourful
Ilundi, one of my favourite brands, collaborated with Mia Melange to create leather & woven bag mashups.
Beautiful woven baskets by Mia Melange
I adore these ruffled earrings
Stunning MaXhosa patterned knits
Everything by Jorgenssons is delicious, and you can only get their top notch gin, bitters, vodka and absinthe at the market
Fresh ingredients for gin and vodka
A beautiful market attendee looking through MaXhosa’s wares
Spanish chorizo sausage with cocoa nibs
Astros can be classy too
Aero mint fudge
Beautiful clothing and textiles
Delicious Arab ‘sandwiches’
I love the way this is folded
Charming wooden bow ties
And beautifully handmade rattles
A stunning ‘Life of Pie’ ring by Dear Rae
Gorgeous Dear Rae rings
Some beautiful rose gold rings from Dear Rae
Some of the best gin I’ve ever tasted
Lovely ceramic wall planter pots
Sugarlicious made these INCREDIBLE macroon ice-cream sandwiches. Worth every calorie!
A macrame hanger
The stands were beautiful, and everyone embraced local
Face mask powder
Close up of the face mask powder
Indigenous flowers everywhere
Naturally everything at Jane Sews was stunning
I absolutely adored Lafede designs exquisitely minimalistic stuffed toys, though they’re more like decor!
Lafede Designs owl
Lafede Designs pelican
Lafede Designs elephant
Lafede Designs pelican with glasses
Basket of Lafede designs toys
I also love Lafede Designs polar bears
Lafede Designs owl in profile
Delciously chocolate brittle