Empowering local creativity
Watershed, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Individually made baskets, created from African grass and palm leaves, dyed using natural organic and traditional methods, the Maiden Africa basket range is hand-picked by owner Wendy in rural Zulu-land. Using only organic dyes for the palm leaves – from roots, bark, leaves and berries, the baskets are truly organically raw in nature. Berries are rare as they are seasonal and in high demand from birds and other animals as a source of food, which is why there are few baskets with red and pink pigments. The female collective that produces these gorgeous baskets comprises around 1,500 women. Maiden Africa provides the mechanism that allows these women to market and sell their crafts.
We use only the best quality genuine Ostrich eggs from Oudtsthoorn which is the hot, dry heart of Ostrich farming in South Africa. A limited range of images from original oil paintings (copyright) are transferred using a Decoupage technique onto the drained and cleaned eggs. Finishing touches with paint are done by hand so that the final product is a work of art. Images are the same on both sides of the egg.
Botanical Fine Art
Maiden Africa is introducing botanical fine-art to its product range, launching with a virtual “exhibition” by the talented local artist Ann Kerr. This exhibition will include only plants which are indigenous to Southern Africa.
Ann Kerr holds a BA Fine Arts Honours degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and taught art at schools including St. Johns, Roedean and Redhill in Johannesburg, and Principia and Waldorf in the Western Cape…
Take a piece of authentic, hand-made African art home with you.
A scholar of botany and zoology, owner Wendy Bell has a deep love for nature and conservation.
Since 2002, after moving from KwaZulu-Natal to the Cape, Wendy has been carefully curating exquisite African art and crafts. With a presence first at various craft markets, the Blue Shed, Red Shed and now located in the exceptional Watershed, Wendy’s eye for raw, organic, hand-made and beautifully crafted items has seen numerous customers returning year on year to her store.