The golden thread of Limpopo's heritage

with local vibe, culture and art woven into the entire Madi a Thavha mountain lodge
Activities

Artisans of Limpopo

Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge focus on Limpopo's art and culture. Apart from our own Dancing Fish gallery and Textile & Design studio, we source, promote and sell local Limpopo Craft and Art, especially those that engage with the rich cultural heritage of Limpopo. Limpopo's rural artists’ work can be seen in cross-cultural context, a lifestyle in which many South Africans find ourselves. In rural areas our lives are still grounded in tradition and culture, shaped by our special environment, yet the rapid exposure to rural-urban movement, technology and social media, prompts an awareness to a world far more complex, often driven by commercial value rather than the spiritual and cultural ones we were used to. Rural artists’ work often responds to this awareness. This gave rise to a rural-hip style that comes out in many thought-provoking individual ways. It is our pleasure to share the personal stories and circumstances that shape the lives of Limpopo's artisans this way.

Madi a Thavha Textile & Design studio
Madi a Thavha Textile & Design studio

Rendani Matcheke
Rendani Matcheke

Rendani had to leave school to work at 16, now she runs her own small business at home while crocheting her way open to avenues in Europe and South Africa

Sophia Baloyi
Sophia Baloyi

Sophia learned how to use heritage based techniques and materials to make contemporary products, based on the design and colour trends for tourists and interior decorators.

Tshandama Lukau Drop-In’s Sewing and Beading
Tshandama Lukau Drop-In’s Sewing and Beading

Childcare volunteers in the far Northern Limpopo, sew and bead as extra income.

Ndlovu Sisters
Ndlovu Sisters

The Ndlovu sisters specialise in African fashion design, beading & dress making

Khathutshelo Mufamadi
Khathutshelo Mufamadi

John Baloyi drove 25km with my first R50 carving income

Mishack Raphalalani
Mishack Raphalalani

Culture, religion and oral history feature strongly in master's sculptures

Amorous Maswanganye
Amorous Maswanganye

Colourful wooden sculptures often pieces with social comment

Ezerael Tavhana
Ezerael Tavhana

Venda storytelling in wood and functional art

Masungulo Beads & Textile
Masungulo Beads & Textile

Colorful beaded and embroidered wall hangings Tsonga style

Rebecca Matibe
Rebecca Matibe

Acclaimed master potter Rebecca Matibe is a perfectionist

Lucky Makamu
Lucky Makamu

Characteristic mix of metal and wood in famous benches

Kheila Ngobeni
Kheila Ngobeni

Beading secrets from the royal kraal

Barok
Barok

A Barok bag is a piece of Art

Azwi Magoro
Azwi Magoro

A master, roots of his heritage expressed in finest detail

Nyalusa Vhukoni
Nyalusa Vhukoni

Beaded fertility dolls with modern twist

Mapuve pottery
Mapuve pottery

Creating Tsonga pots also spiritual

Avhashoni Mainganye
Avhashoni Mainganye

Versatile artist working in various mediums and master etcher

Eco products
Eco products

Skin care products based on baobab oil

Twananani Textiles
Twananani Textiles

Mix of textile printing, batik, beading, embroidery, block printing

Philip Rikhotso
Philip Rikhotso

Quirky and bright wooden sculptures and musical instruments

Johannes Maswanganyi
Johannes Maswanganyi

Rural and national social comment in colour and wood

Albert Monyayi
Albert Monyayi

Known for huge sculpted marimbas, drums and wooden sculptures

Afrikania Pottery
Afrikania Pottery

Unique patterns based on heritage elements

Mogalakwena Craft Art
Mogalakwena Craft Art

Contemporary embroidery work expressing Northern Sotho rural stories

Kaross™
Kaross™

Exquisitely rich embroidered, reshuffled and remixed CraftArt of Tsonga heritage

Noria Mabasa
Noria Mabasa

Master artist of wooden and clay sculptures and notorious social comment

Justice Mugwena
Justice Mugwena

Contemporary sensual wooden sculptures and benches

Vutsila Art Centre
Vutsila Art Centre

Sculptures, musical instruments and drumming performances

Mukondeni Pottery Factory
Mukondeni Pottery Factory

Traditional and modern pots and clay objects

Lucky Ntimani
Lucky Ntimani

Traditional music instruments and wooden sculptures inspired by traditional stories

Handcrafted Paper
Handcrafted Paper

Handcrafted paper from elephant dung

Tambani
Tambani

Embroidering Lungano, oral Venda traditional story telling and songs

Sasavona Kubayi
Sasavona Kubayi

Few people can still weave traditional Tsonga grass baskets

Nyeleti Maluleke
Nyeleti Maluleke

Colorful necklesses, bracelets and earrings inspired by ancestors

Tshandama Freedom Art Market
Tshandama Freedom Art Market

The sound of Tshandama drums can be heard across the globe

Mukondeni Pottery Village
Mukondeni Pottery Village

Traditional and modern pots and clay objects in this rural village

Japhter Luvhimbi
Japhter Luvhimbi

Chunky jewelry, striking and fashionalbe functional art, high skills level

Frank Kubayi
Frank Kubayi

Traditional woven Tsonga baskets made from grass, wood and river reeds

Homu Minceka White
Homu Minceka White

Traditional Tsonga beaded textiles and objects, also of spiritual significance

David Murathi
David Murathi

Traditional wooden scultures and beautiful sculpted interior products

Mtititi Magic
Mtititi Magic

Traditional and modern Tsonga bead work, embroidery and jewels

Thomas Kubayi
Thomas Kubayi

Traditional and contemporary wooden sculptures and and music instruments

Still thinking and talking of the excellent week we had!

"The friendliness and hospitality of the owner family and the staff are just grand. We can recommend this lodge a 100%."

Gundula and Volker Deutsch, Germany
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