African bead art

Unemployment is high in South Africa (98% in small towns), and the government – unfortunately – does not help anyone much, except themselves. So people often make items to sell – from bottle caps (pot stands, handbags), plastic bags (crocheted hats and handbags), coffee capsules (see below), and beads and wire.

We bought a little beaded wire Christmas tree for $4 (though we gave him more). Isn’t it gorgeous?

I wish we had more space because I LOVED these!

And how about this one?

You also find woven plastic wire.

…and belts from car tyres

and the most beautiful art


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  1. Janet thank you for the pics, these are all amazing and just go to show what you can do with an active imagination, artistic ability and a little ingenuity. The Christmas tree is amazing and most of the other bits too.

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