45 photos from the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016 [GALLERY]

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.

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Full of exceptional local beauty

Here are some of my favourite items from the market, and some wonderful crafters to bookmark.

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