Crafts in Zimbabwe
Many products, which should be called handicraft, are made with creative talent and technical refinement. This is true of some textile, like the batik textiles made in the Danikho project and of many ingenious ways of using scrap metal to visualize animals. For tourists? Yes, but much of the recognised art products, too, go to foreign buyers.
The two makers of handicraft interviewed here both have some arts training. Margaret Majo got her first training from a German volunteer, and then enrolled in the Harare Polytechnic. She then started specializing in mini-paintings on bottle tops. Wellington Machezera , was approached by Methodist women as one of the street kids parking cars, and was offered an arts course, which enabled him to earn some money for wire-art post-cards.