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African Loom

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Cell: +27 (36) 468 1314

African Loom is based at Ardmore Guest Farm in the Champagne Valley of the central Drakensberg. Raw local cotton is woven on large wooden looms into bright, colourful materials, which are then made into bags, cushions and other useful items. Zulu women from the local community demonstrate their weaving skills on wooden weaving looms, originally made by German missionaries who came to southern Africa in the last century. A bright and vibrant rainbow pattern is the most popular African Loom material produced. The dying, weaving and production of all items is by hand. African Loom, the Ardmore Museum and the Tea Garden remain open seven days a week, ready to refresh the weary traveller with a visual and cultural feast.

African Loom - Drakensberg craft studio
African Loom - Drakensberg craft studio


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