Sunday, October 16, 2011

FLOCK

I love this story because it really speaks to why we started Bundu Designs and the Inspired African in the first place. The name Bundu, means ‘in the middle of nowhere’, which is where so many of our the community based projects we work with and talk about are found. Petrusville, is a small South African town in the Great Karoo, surrounded by flat-topped koppies (hills). Like most Karoo places it is a small, isolated town with a big heart. In a land of wind pumps, dusty roads and never-ending skies, parched and unforgiving for much of the year, Zahn Spies, started a community initiative called Flock. Extracting skills and talents from the many jobless women in the town, many of them with no income whatsoever, are now flock-ladies of the Karoo.  Twice a week they make their way from the townships through the dusty streets, lighting up the way with colourful bags filled with felt, bamboo, cotton, and mohair to reach a church building. Here, in a garage, they drink tea, laugh and produce exquisite hand made products, all from completely natural hand spun fibres. With the first rains, the arid soil bursts to life with sweet grass, providing sustenance for the Karoo sheep from which Flock source their wool. Using their traditional kneedle work skills, they produce a range of beautiful products from mohair throws and dolls to the sweetest kids hot water bottle covers. We love their products and their initiative. We hope to have their products up on our website within the next few weeks
 



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