Artisanal African talent shines at 7th Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

Thousands of Joburgers descended on Hyde Park Corner for the seventh annual Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair from 13 – 16 October. Showcasing the best in hand-crafted design combined with the finest artisanal food and wine, a highlight of this year’s Well made in Africa theme was the addition of designers from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Ghana.

Designer Chu Suwannapha brought the theme to life, infusing bold layered patterns with contemporary African design, transforming the rooftop into an expression of African art and the perfect platform to showcase the 120 top caliber brands handpicked by Fair owners and curators, Artlogic.

Pan-African exhibitors A A K S Handcrafted, Milles Collines, Laurenceairlines, Johanna Bramble Créations and Sammy Ethiopia brought a fresh flavour and perspective to this sought after lifestyle event. Visitors were given the chance to peruse and shop handbags produced using the traditional weaving technique of Ghanian women, authentically produced clothing from the Ivory Coast, fashion and accessories infused with international and Rwandan undertones, and high-quality textiles from Senegal and Ethiopia.

Other new additions to the Fair line-up included Time Anchor Distillery, Sugarlicious, Hamethop, Maxhosa by Laduma, Douglas & Co, The Ninevites and Flaunt concepts.

  • Featured designer, Chu Suwannapha
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • The Sanlam Lounge
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Models showcasing Chu's African Surfer range
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • The Ninevites
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Johanna Bramble Creations (Senegal)
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Sammy (Ethiopia)
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Lauren Airlines (Ivory Coast)
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Zoja, voted Best Stand
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Hamethop
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Visitors enjoying the Fair
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Blandat
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Fabrica
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Chef James Diack
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016
  • Visitors enjoying the Fair
    Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016

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