Barrydale Weavers - Handwoven Table Linen, Futah Towels & Accessories

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img-0574.jpgHow it all started

The project started 30 years ago in the Kingdom of Swaziland where Tivane Mavuma, who was trained by a German Master Weaver, started weaving up fabrics for Carol. Years later Carol moved to Barrydale in South Africa and Tivane, along with the looms followed. Barrydale Hand Weavers was born. The natural earthy feel of the products appealed to many people who appreciated the quality of locally handmade fabrics and rugs.

The business grew rapidly and more and more looms were acquired along with a group of people in the area who were curious and keen to learn the craft. Today Barrydale Hand Weavers supplies many different outlets throughout South Africa as well as entering the export market.

Handwoven Cotton:

People are trained in the art of hand-weaving to produce beautiful handwoven rugs and fabrics, and the weavers are encouraged to come up with their own designs. Everything is handmade so each item has its own unique signature.

The pictures and short videos is from my visit to Barrydale weavers in October 2018 on a perfect spring morning, touring the R62 route.

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Some (informal) short clips from our visit to Barrydale weavers in October 2018:

We suggest putting the sound on to hear the 'rhythm' of the LOOM: 

Rolling the yarn:

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