bowls handwoven using copper telephone wire
4.3 x 2 in (10.9 x 5.1 cm) DIAxH
6 x 2.3 in (15.2 x 5.8 cm)
7 x 3 in (17.8 x 7.6 cm)
mfg location: South Africa
social enterprise: Designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan initiated zenzulu™ more than 12 years ago to create a platform for artisans and weavers from KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa to showcase their work.
Marisa’s interest in transitional craft forms led to the start of a telephone wire weaving project in an informal settlement outside Durban. Initially mentoring a growing group of master weavers using a coiled basket technique, Marisa saw the possibilities of fusing traditional techniques with cutting edge design and modern industrial materials.
Today zenzulu™ trains unemployed women from both urban and rural areas how to weave new designs, and now supports more than 350 home-based craft producers in four different communities.