NY NOW Creative Team from SA

The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), a Cape Town based non-profit company and craft and design sector development agency, are proud participants in this year’s esteemed NY NOW event in February, one of the biggest design trade shows in the world. The CCDI will be taking 13 South African producers to the trade show, thanks to funding from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

Drawing 35 000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries, NY NOW is produced twice annually. Held in January and August in New York City, the Market hosts 2 800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum.

The CCDI stand, number 1371, forms part of the Artisan Resource segment of NY NOW at the Javits Convention Centre of New York City. Artisan Resource is a first-of-its-kind artisan product-sourcing event for U.S based importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers.

The CCDI was set up in 2001 to support the needs of creative businesses in the Western Cape, and to grow the craft and design sector. In 2012 the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) collaborated with the CCDI and other key role-players to develop a Design Strategy to unlock innovation in the province. The CCDI has been tasked with driving the implementation of the Strategy with a wide range of stakeholders.

The three core CCDI programmes are: Product Support (Provides an environment in which designers and craft producers can further develop their existing products or prototype new products); Business Support (Helps craft producers and designers to develop skills in creativity, business and production management, and marketing); Market Support (Assists designers and craft producers to define and reach their targeted markets).

Through the diverse styles of products, ranging from eclectic to ethnic to African safari to urban contemporary to organic and romantic, the different social histories and rich cultural-life of South Africa will be reflected at the NY NOW show. Materials featured include wire, bead, ceramic, textile, paper, wood, metal, glass, natural resources, salvaged objects and even recycle waste.

Visit the CCDI’s stand (number 1371) to discover a broad scope of the best local design and innovations.


1. Zimile Bags, decorations, homewear, jewellery and stationary crafted from a beautiful combination of embroidery and beading applied to felt and fabric.

2. To Bead Africa Embroiderd dresses, skirts, bags and hand-made jewellery.

3. Zulu Bead Work by Janet Shaw Sophisticated handcrafted beaded jewellery including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and Christmas ornaments creating using a variety of high quality glass beads, African beads and semi-precious stones.


1. Lisa Nettleton’s molo mimi Unique textiles and objects celebrating creativity are created using a free-stitch sewing technique and recycled fabrics. The range features free-stitch fibre art cushions, upholstery, jackets, and hats.

2. Angelina Bonisiwe Masuku This talented local designer weaves ilala/palm leaves into various shapes and sizes, her collection is comprised of weaving baskets, laundry baskets, chairs, wall hanging, jewellery boxes, centre tables and large baskets.

3. Made in Za Representing the Izimbali group of women, a self-help initiative giving employment to South African women in Soweto.

4. Chic Fusion A design and manufacturing studio which produces innovative pieces for the local and overseas market. The range boasts hand-felted designs which are producer in an ethical and eco-friendly manner, featuring home  décor (throws,  cushions,  table  runners, vases and tea-cosies) as well as fashion accessories (scarves and shawls).


5. Zan Zan Deco Leather cushions and ottomans, African Shweshwe fabric cushions, mats, aprons and Zulu incorporating Nguni leather.

6. Mninizo Craft Presenting the wire telephone baskets created by the Arts and Crafts organisation, Mninizo which aims to provide art and craft skill training to disadvantaged urban and rural communities throughout the continent.

7. Shirley Rustic Frames High quality picture frames and décor made from recycled timber with a twist of artistic elegance. Her exhibit will incorporate multi picture frames, 6 pane mirrors and A4 double frames.

8. Xolile Embroiders Embroidered and beaded textiles for wall hangings, small panels and cushion covers.

9. Star Born Creative Handmade African contemporary jewellery, Shweshwe pumps and items manufactured from used billboards.

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