Innibos National Craft Awards: Bowties, bags, earrings and more from first entrant

Entries are already being submitted for the 2019 Innibos National Craft Awards, ahead of the closing date of April 12.

Among the first entries are beautiful, hand-crafted African accessories designed by Johannesburg resident Londiwe Mkenene.

Raised in Durban, she relocated to the city of gold in 2014 and today operates out of Newtown.

“I always liked to wear weird stuff,” says Londiwe, “and this led to me making earrings from leather off-cuts. Initially, it was a way of making extra cash but soon, creating vibrant fashion and home accessories became my passion.”

Today, she owns KumKaniKaziAccessories and her designs are crafted by talented men and women, using techniques handed down through the generations.

Earrings, rings, bracelets, bags, T-shirts, scarves, bowties and even some household accessories such as lamp shades are among Londiwe’s creations.


The third Innibos National Premier Craft Awards will once again showcase the excellence in skill of South Africa’s crafters.

Entry is free and the overall winner will walk away with R50 000, the first runner-up with R20 000 and the second runner-up with R15 000. In addition, there will be merit awards for the Best Emerging Craftsmen, along with sound financial advice to grow their business.

Crafters have until April 12, 2019, to enter. They need simply take a photo of their entry – next to a matchbox for size of scale, and either email it to or send it to 071 621 3597 via MMS or WhatsApp.

Remember to include your name, the town in which you live and your contact details.

Entrants who have not heard from the organisers within 30 days of the closing date must take it as given that they did not make the shortlist for final judging.

The finalists must be available to attend the awards evening on June 23.

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