The Chishakwe Crafts Project was developed in order to further the aims of Mangwana (outreach programme) in terms of developing the local economy.
In line with our core business (Conservation); a key premise of the Chishakwe Crafts Project is that all materials should be sourced on a strictly sustainable basis and should come from the nearby surrounds wherever possible. All woodwork is made from dead wood, old fence corner posts or cleared invader species which is harvested on Chishakwe.
A skills audit was conducted in order to find out what handwork skills were available within the village communities.
We were pleased to discover a number of talented individuals working in a number of disciplines including: Blacksmithing, pottery, carving, turning, basic carpentry, painting, sisal weaving, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and embroidery.
Currently products are made to order or for the small craft shop on Chishakwe.
Chishakwe is now actively seeking input from design experts to assist with the further development of a range of marketable and where possible practical products.