Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in African | 0 comments

South Africa’s rich craft culture. Meet help picked selection of creative trailblazers, artists whose products stretch the powers of innovation, producing forms which are both craft and art.

South Africa makes nailing on the country’s culture difficult, but there are lots of companies that organize tours that you should explore the wide variety of Art and craft in the united states.

Participate interactively in workshops, see exciting types of one-of-a-kind products, visit unusual cultural destinations, enjoy special access and viewings. Uncover skills, some developed over generations using local materials, others that blend whimsical creativity with practicality.

Explore the remains of the long vanished civilization, Mapungubwe – an amazing World Heritage site only an hour or so away … visit a foundation which develops intrinsic cultural skills and helps to create employment for local Pedi women … along with a research centre for African Ecology and Anthropology.

South African Arts & Crafts

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:  Table Mountain.

A scenic orientation drive consumes Table Mountain – ascending by cable car to have an eagle’s eye view of the city, weather permitting – travelling in the rump of Lions Head mountain towards the crest at Signal Hill for complementary perspectives within the city and vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the middle of Cape Town’s working harbour. Around sunset, stick to the Atlantic seaboard, buttressed by the Twelve Apostles mountain chain, to some private dinner in the home of the renowned authority on South African craft art.

Day 2: Coastal meander.

Drive-thru the leafy Constantia Valley, cradle from the Cape wine industry, across the False Bay coastline, to Cape Point – close to the legendary meeting place of two oceans. In route there, engage close-up with a protected colony of African penguins. In route back, visit a thriving ceramic art studio within the rustic village of Noordhoek, returning across the spectacular Chapman’s Peak drive, where sheer cliffs plunge in to the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 3: City heart and cape quarter.

The very first private townhouse open to the general public is a showcase of late 1700s furnishings, silver and priceless porcelain. Contrast this with leading edge ceramics in an inner city gallery. Wander with the Cape Quarter, one of Cape Town’s newest boutique shopping and dealing environments set among Cape Malay architecture, and appear around an emporium of exciting contemporary artworks. Uncover the uniquely African genre of wire art throughout an interactive workshop and witness some inspiring cooperative enterprises.

Day 4: The gardens.

Stroll through Government Avenue, a tree-lined boulevard running the size of the green heart of the city, within the Company Gardens. At the country’s oldest museum begin to see the earliest ‘’design’’ in the world, dating back 77 000 years, in addition to rock art of the San Bushmen. The premier art museum, the SA National Gallery offers guided understanding of some of its collection highlights. Walk along Queen Victoria Street using its architectural landmarks, to trend-setting Long Street where Victorian edifices stand alongside Muslim mosques. Meet innovative glass sculptors, feast your vision on a bead merchant’s Aladdin’s cave before a personal peek at some contemporary works.

Day 5: Woodstock.

Visit among the oldest Cape Town neighbourhoods, always colourful, newly fashionable. Explore these emerging precincts. Interact with vigourous young designers. Meet the helming hands in the Cape Craft Design Institute, be brought to some of their upliftment projects and look on the display of innovative goods. Discover for yourself how much creative talent has been channelled, locally. Over dinner, go through the subtle art of cooking with spices in an authentic Cape Malay banquet inside a verdant Relais & Chateaux setting.

Day 6: Stellenbosch.

Leave Cape Town for nearby Stellenbosch, a school town of great beauty and culture, occur the heart of the winelands. En route, visit the studio of a crafter and artist whose promotion of local art is known, as are his creations. Learn about about initiatives on a nearby estate that encourage expression on many levels – food, wine, art, culture, underpinned through the ethos of sustainability and job creation for that local community. The rest of the day is yours to wander round the town with its oak-lined streets, traditional Cape Dutch architecture, galleries and fine restaurants.

Day 7: The Helderberg.

Near Somerset West lies a 300-year old historic farm and showcase wine estate. The item of furniture in the homestead provide a perfect period setting, as the design of the spectacularly-sited hilltop winery mirrors the octagonal walled garden. Stroll one of the estate’s ancient trees and expansive gardens before going to a pioneer of glass blowing. While dining hosted on one of the oldest wine farms, enjoy an exclusively prepared, traditional Afrikaans meal.

Day 8: Franschhoek Valley.

In order to Franschhoek (meaning ‘’French corner’’ because Huguenots fleeing from religious persecution settled within 1688, bringing their wine knowledge, cuisine and culture) visit a landmark estate that mixes a manor house museum, beautiful grounds along with a renowned winery followed by a trip to a museum which chronicles 8 000 many years of the valley’s history from Stone Age man, through colonialism, slavery and apartheid, as much as the arrival of democracy. Lunch within the picturesque village and acclaimed gourmet capital, going to the studio of a distinguished ceramicist, before going back to Stellenbosch overnight, with the evening open for independent exploration.

Day 9: The West Coast.

An excursion in the West Coast through rolling wheat fields for the magnificent Langebaan lagoon brings you to a full time income celebration of past and offer of an ancient hunter-gatherer people, with insights to their culture, heritage and folklore. Accredited San Bushmen guides get you around a nature reserve, teeming with birdlife, game and indigenous floral fynbos. Find out about their tracking skills, hunting methods, botanical knowledge in addition to their craft skills. Travel back through the village of Darling, in which you visit a well known satirist at his tongue-in-cheek ‘Boerassic Park’, with contemporary and kitsch artworks and memorabilia reflecting South Africa’s past and offer.

Day 10: Kalk Bay & Simon’s Town.

Spend the morning ambling with the charming seaside village, going to a renowned outlet for local artists and lunching inside a restaurant perched on the harbour wall over the rocks and ocean spray. Then, in the middle of the nautical base of Simon’s’ Town, view a number of different casting practices in the leading bronze foundry in the united states.

Day 11: Newlands.

The Montebello Design Centre showcases a number of leading artists and craftspeople with working studios and outlets inside an historic complex. Visit a forge, an African guitar maker, papermaker, recycling project, jewellers, printmakers, graphic artists, ceramicists, hand weavers’ studio, publishers or even a nursery, before lunching under the trees about this rustic site. The afternoon is free of charge, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are near by. Later, your have the opportunity to appear over a world famous collection of gold artefacts from ancient African civilisations and be a part of some interactive drumming before a celebratory Pan African banquet.

Day 12:    Greenmarket Square.

In the balcony of the Old Town House look down upon cobbled Greenmarket Square, the centuries-old but still vibrant bartering hub of the city. Wander along nearby Church Street stopping at selected galleries, cafés, and antique shops before a farewell lunch in historic Heritage Square.