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Womens Month Blog

Women’s Day

Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa. This public holiday marks the anniversary of one of the largest demonstrations staged in this country’s history. On this day in 1956, 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the Apartheid government’s control over the movement …



My love of markets comes from my Mother. A significant part of my childhood was spent exploring and looking at the beautiful and creative things people made. I love weekend flea markets that are a treasure trove of interesting and unusual things that spring up in the morning but disappear by sunset. I relish wandering …

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Bongi & Blessing Crochet

At Africanismo, we believe in telling stories, so that conscientious consumers know and understand where their products came from and the incredible journey it took to reach them. We believe that items that have good stories behind them (or how people came to find and own them) are infinitely more interesting than mass produced products …

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Wild Threads

It’s winter time in Southern Africa, which is the perfect time to be in the bush going on Safari. This time of year reminds me of the warm days spent looking for (and hopefully spotting) wild animals; and the cold nights in front of a warm fire under a starry sky. It is this deep …


The Bead House

A few weeks ago I was walking around a market in Johannesburg. It was the perfect African Winter’s afternoon. The sky was clear, the sun was warm, and only a slightly chilly breeze gave us the sign that the seasons had changed. The time spent being outdoors and talking to artisans about their crafts and …

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