Monday, 21 November 2011

The Tambani Project

Today I am showcasing another South African company whose main aim is creating meaningful employment.  
The Tambani Project is an initiative set up to create economic empowerment for a group of disadvantaged rural African women from the Venda tribe. The ladies are taught quilting and embroidery skills and their works embody local Venda folk tales. These embroidered blocks are then used by quilters, knitters and crafters and incorporated into their own works, thereby preserving the Venda oral tradition. 

You can read the personal stories of some of the women here.

The bright and vibrant scenes each tell a story. Read more on the Venda folktales here.

The Tambani project was started by Ina le Roux and currently employs more than 65 embroiderers who create 400 hand embroidered appliqué blocks per month.

The blocks are exquisite. You can see the range here.

Tambani also use our Incomparable buttons in some of their works of art...

The Tambani blog has great posts showing creative ways to use these lovely embroidered blocks.

This is a wonderful initiative and has transformed the lives of the people who are involved with Tambani. 


  1. Soooooo wonderful to see this.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Their work is beautiful!

    I am so far behind in blog reading and posting!
    Hoping to catch up soon.
    Hugs, Deborah

  3. Thanks Tamara! Lots! We loved reading this post as we do reading all you share. Looking forward to your next adventure and project, love, Clara


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