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Easter Flea Market at Mantenga Craft
Mantenga Craft Center will be hosting a flea market on April 27. This follows the same successful format as last year. The aim of the flea market is to support and expose local arts and handicrafts, and especially those who pursue crafts as a hobby.
Visit the flea market to find new designs or special deals on old summer stock. Food and refreshments will be available as well as a jumping castle for kids. Stalls will be spread under the shady trees in the Mantenga Craft Garden. Follow signs to Mantenga Craft from the old Ezulwini road.
Mantenga Craft is the largest formal craft market in the Kingdom, and visitors can expect to also find the following permanent outlets within the centre. Southern Country, a leatherwork specialist, an outlet for Rosecraft, the local manufacturer of high-quality mohair products and Shiba Rugs, whose distinctive woven mats, rugs and general house furnishings are a major attraction.
On the artistic
side, African Fantasy, with its range of unique drawings and printed
materials, which range from t-shirts to posters and mugs, is the product
of Armstrong Artworks, another Ezulwini-based enterprise. Local artist
Curtis Dube's talent can be witnessed through his paintings and screen-printing
at the Khayalami shop. The shop at the craft center contains wall hangings
of various sizes and colours, cushion covers, shawls and scarves, places
mats and much more all made from Mohair.
HAWU! Pots, the beautifully decorated clay pots from the Bulunga Mountains, come in many different shapes and sizes, see the production workshop as well as a vast retail stock. The House & Home shop is another worthwhile stop for decorators, as the shop sports a wide range of wall hangings and useful household implements.
Try Mgololo Gallery in the one of the outside rondavels for some really fascinating products including Mulberry bark photo albums, coconut wood diaries, banana leaf book covers and tin and glass bead candle holders. And look no further than the Little Silver Shop or Frances Farrel Jewellery for a very special gift.
Of course, our newest shop Phumalanga Swazihand, is a must-stop. Beautiful hand-woven mohair tapestries, wall hangings of various sizes and colours, cushion covers, shawls and scarves, places mats and much more can all be found.
From The Health and Snack bar one can look forward to delicious home-baked goodies as well as an outside barrow with wors and steak rolls.
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