In a world of mass-production lines, quantity over quality and a-dime-a-dozen novelties, meticulously handcrafted items are an ode to humankind’s infinite ability to innovate and create – authentically. The 2016 Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair celebrates this very ethos.
Taking place on the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner from 14 –16 October, the all-weekend event is a diverse showcase of more than a hundred contemporary design, food and wine exhibitors from South Africa and other parts of the continent. The fair brims with an eclectic energy, with each stall a portal into unique creative processes, disruptive ideas and, above all, inspiring human stories.
Among the exhibitors are The Ninevites, creators of wool, mohair and cotton rugs inspired by designers and delicately weaved by artisans from Southern Africa and Peru. With a focus on environmentally friendly and sustainable materials, natural dyes are used, resulting in slight variations that render each rug a unique masterpiece. The Ninevites also design textiles and curate events.
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of AAKS showcases rich, colour-contrasted weaved bags and accessories handcrafted by women from Ghana. The brand aims to create sustainable jobs while celebrating the lively colours of Ghanaian heritage.
Hamethop, makers of luxury handbags and accessories in an array of shapes and textures, will also be showcasing its wares.
Purchase your tickets at Webtickets to experience all the artistry, food and wine in a beautiful rooftop setting at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair.