Saying farewell to these beauties

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This design was inspired by the beautiful embroidery of Hungary, also known as Matyó embroidery. These three – a classic Mielie bag, smaller AJ and roomy Clutch – are headed for Detroit, Michigan. I hope they will make their new owners…

Africa, meet the Oktoberfest

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Did you know that besides being a brilliant weaver, Zanele also runs a thriving sewing business, specialising in African textiles? She recently completed this beautiful traditional German Dirndl in bold African prints for Ruby, a very special…

Cushions on top!

We recently completed two pincushion-inspired circular cushions for the Shop on Top on Table Mountain. We were delighted at how beautifully they turned out! Thanks Zanele and team - you are shining stars. And thanks to a fantastic and loyal…

Quick update from Planet Mielie

After years of battling with very slow and very spotty internet, we have finally joined the 21st century! I've been redesigning the Mielie website – watch this space – and what a pleasure to work on a responsive site. One of the things…

Still Life with Fish

  My toes curled with delight when this masterpiece arrived from Khayelitsha the other day. Requested by Yvette Jenkins, sketched by me and woven by Zanele. Quite a team, I'd say!

Home sweet home!

After months of squatting with friends and living out of boxes, Zanele got the keys to her house last week! While she unpacks those boxes and settles down in her new house, my family and I are taking a short break to the Eastern Cape where we…

Introducing le petit hipster

Our new petit hipster is just the perfect bag if you like to travel with just the essentials. It comfortably fits an A5 jotter, phone, wallet and keys... alternatively it's the snazziest iPad bag in town!