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Natural fibres and woven delights are the cornerstone of this family business

The Cape Town-based duo creates beautiful basketry that’s a hit with locals and tourists alike

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By Alyxandra Carolus | October 19, 2022 | Interiors

Textile art is a huge cornerstone of African design (no matter where you are on the continent). There are ornate designs and beautiful colours from skilled artisans who weave unique pieces that simply brighten up your home. Whether you’re a minimalism disciple à la Kim Kardashian or just can’t function without bursts of colour - there’s really something for anyone. And if recent world events taught us anything, it’s taking up a new hobby often sparks renewed appreciation for handmade decor.

If you’re around the Cape Town city centre and visit De Waal Park are over the weekend, you’ve probably spotted an array of woven items just outside. There are chic beautiful baskets in a variety of sizes, perfect for plants and deftly woven and sturdy chairs. Located on Camp Street, Oranjezicht, these items are from Tatenda Woven Baskets, headed up by husband and wife duo Richard and Precious Mahuni. The expert basket weavers are originally from Zimbabwe and often trade in the Mother City for business. Since their inception, the duo have built up a group of ardent fans.

You can see the couple share some of their coveted African basketry on their growing social media platforms. As you know, natural fibres are having a moment, with rattan and cane furniture being a staple for outdoor areas. Recently, Vogue tipped rattan as a must-have autumn 2022 trend.

And this hard work has paid off, with Tatenda Woven Baskets nabbing a collaboration with Poetry stores for Women’s Month.

If you’d like to see more of what they’ve got on offer from their catalogue, have a look at their Instagram for product updates and when or where they’ll be in Cape Town.

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