South African artists are well-known for making wonderful arts and crafts, some of the most famous probably being beautiful batik prints with African scenes and really intricate pieces (often animals) done in colorful beadwork. And of course, very life-like carvings of Africa’s wildlife animals and people’s faces in wood or stone.
Another pretty craft I’ve discovered in recent years is pin thread art, also called pin thread sculpture, and if you look closely you can see why—some of the pieces do look almost three-dimensional. This special technique is used mainly in jewellery, especially in ear-rings and pendants, and we see an amazing array of colors, sizes and geometric contours. The founder of this special art form is Aaron Ndaba, and his family—wonderfully creative, I’d say.
You can find these pieces at many African curio shops, notably “Out of Africa” (there’s a large branch at O.Tambo Airport in Johannesburg). I love the ear-rings and try to find a couple of new pairs each time we return to visit South Africa.