MOSSEL BAY NEWS AND VIDEO - A well-known group of crafters in Mossel Bay is still employed and producing the goods despite Covid-19.
Many people in tourist-dependent businesses lost their jobs over the past year, so it is positive for Mossel Bay that the crafters have survived the negative effects of the pandemic.
The crafters work for Township Angels, which sells handmade crafts and artworks. It was a landmark on Church Street in central Mossel Bay, opposite Rauch Gertenbach attorneys, but has moved to nearer the harbour and is now a few doors down from Le Peron restaurant.
The rental is less expensive there. The official address is the Old Station, Church Street.
Visitors to the shop are able to see the crafters at work, making paper mache animals, which they set out on the pavement to dry in the sun and later paint in vivid colours.
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At the previous location in Church Street, the shop was a tourist magnet and many had their photographs taken next to the eye-catching mural of Nelson Mandela outside the shop.
The four crafters are still working busily, producing the same products, which are a hit among visitors to town. Much of their work is shipped elsewhere in South Africa and also overseas.
The trademark of the crafters are their iconic paper mache giraffes. They are produced in great numbers. Among the four staff is a dexterous wire artist, who produces beautiful wire and bead animals and other decorative items.
The crafters require newspapers and glossy magazines to produce their art. If you have these to spare, you can drop them off at their workshop near Le Peron restaurant.
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