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Traditional beading in Langa township

Cape Town, South Africa

Experience hosted by Heath

2 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

We'll meet outside Guga S'thebe, a cultural centre run by the City of Cape Town in Langa township.
We will show you around the centre and introduce you to other members of the local craft scene.
Then you'll spend time together working with traditional South African beading techniques, and you'll make your very own choice of beaded accessory using traditional glass beads and up-cycled buttons.
Other things to note
In some South Africans' minds, the townships are still imagined to be dangerous places, but this is not true! A big part of the vision for Our Workshop is in fact to allow this fallacy to be overcome.
We'll meet outside Guga S'thebe, a cultural centre run by the City of Cape Town in Langa township.
We will show you around the centre and introduce you to other members of the local craft scene.
Then you'll spend time together working with traditional South African beading techniques, and you'll make your very own choice of beaded accessory using traditional glass beads and up-cycled buttons.
Other things to note
In some Sout…

What's included

  • Drinks
    studio-made tea
  • Equipment
    beads, beading wire, cord and earring fixings
    pliers and everything el...

Meet your host, Heath

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 17 Reviews
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Nontuthuzelo Mhloma, Khanyisiwe Plaatjies, Ivy Nhlapo and Noluthando Charles are members of Our Workshop. They all learned beading from women in their communities. Our extremely friendly hosts will no doubt entertain and amuse you while you get a chance to really engage with local experts for 2 hours, and make a beautiful bracelet, necklace and/or earrings (depending how fast you work!!).
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About the organisation: Our Workshop 182-070NPO



Our Workshop aims to collaboratively build a long-lasting, self-sustaining, community-run, free-to-use workshop space for creative professional development using design-thinking as a method for problem-solving. We want to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the space we build together and to actively create a culture of inclusivity and support for all members.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Our Workshop 182-070NPO.

Where you'll be

Our Workshop is a members only space for local Cape Town creatives to meet and share skills and experience.

By joining this experience, you'll be given the most precious gift of all - personal attention and time from a local and experienced resident of Langa Township.

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 17 reviews.

Ania
August 2019
I always enjoy doing something a little different than the usual tourist attractions. I enjoyed learning a traditional craft and spending time with Ntuthu and the other artists that I met. I wish I could have stayed longer.
Ayanna
May 2019
I had a great time with Nontuthuzelo she gave me a personal, informative experience. It’s easy while traveling to just consume and hang out with fellow travelers. I was grateful for the chance to make something and to learn a new skill with someone who is passionate about her work. This is a wonderful community space, definitely worth a visit.
I had a great time with Nontuthuzelo she gave me a personal, informative experience. It’s easy while traveling to just consume and hang out with fellow travelers. I was grateful fo…
Ditte
March 2019
I went to this wonderful place without many expectations but had such a great afternoon together with the people in the cultural centre making earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They were welcoming and interesting and although the communication of my booking had slipped, there was no finger to put on it in the end :-) THANK YOU!
I went to this wonderful place without many expectations but had such a great afternoon together with the people in the cultural centre making earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Th…
Chelcee
March 2019
This is a must-do experience! I had such a wonderful time with Ivy doing beading. It was so special to learn about the cultural center, the artists, and personal insights from Ivy. The process of crafting in the space was quite fun and unique. I even left with a few pieces of jewelry to remember the experience and my time in Cape Town!
This is a must-do experience! I had such a wonderful time with Ivy doing beading. It was so special to learn about the cultural center, the artists, and personal insights from Ivy.…
Nicki
March 2019
My family and I wanted to go on an experience in Cape Town that would give us some insight into how most South Africans live and see and experience for ourselves a township. My children are 10 and 12 years old. This was FANTASTIC. We had an opportunity to meet and connect with many local people and the beading was just a highlight. The organization is amazing, and there are some very talented young artists emerging. The art we saw was moving- and to meet the artists, and hear their inspiration was quite special. I highly recommend this experience for anyone wanting to visit a township and also for anyone and everyone who is interested in art. I feel so grateful for this opportunity not only for myself, but for my children as well.
My family and I wanted to go on an experience in Cape Town that would give us some insight into how most South Africans live and see and experience for ourselves a township. My chi…
Greta
March 2019
I highly recommend to pay a visit to this beautiful art center (outside the township). It's been so lovely to be able to be part of the community and learn about the many artist and their engagement. I loved it and would love to go back!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.