If you’re looking for authentic African hand-made products from Southern, Central and West Africa, then the Rosebank Art and Craft Market, situated in Rosebank, Johannesburg, is the place to visit.
The market offers hand-made products ranging from traditional fashion accessories to painting and home décor. Products are made South Africa, Ghana, Congo, Cameroon, Malawi, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was established in 1993 to support local traders, artists and craftsmen.
The market is a great place to shop for authentic African gifts, fashion and décor, and the traders are friendly, helpful and willing to negotiate on prices to give you the best value for money.
Here are some great products that I found at the market that would make great gifts for any occasion:
Cool cups with various animal and African art designs.
Great accessories for home decor.
These are Namji dolls from Cameroon. They are crafted as dolls for little girls, but it is believed by the Namji in Cameroon that once the dolls are adorned with beads, they take on a protective charm. They are carved from timber and are adorned with an assortment of beads and shells.
This musical instrument is called an Mbira. It’s most popular in Eastern and Southern Africa.
This is a vuvuzela, a popular horn from South Africa that is used by fans (mainly during soccer matches) to add to festivities inside the stadium. These vuvuzelas are decorated with beads.
Cool purses inspired by African print.
This is a traditional Zulu and Xhosa necklace called ineba. It’s now become a fashion trend to include traditional pieces with contemporary ones.
This necklace is an extension of popular traditional necklaces that form part of contemporary African fashion trends.
The market is situated at Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, and is open 7 days a week from 9am until 6pm on Monday until Thursday, 9am to 7pm on Fridays and from 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.
* images are mine.