Stretching across Southern Africa is a vast semi-desert known as the Karoo, a mythical land of stark beauty, where life is slow and serene, where people and nature appreciate and embrace each other. Summers are hot and dry with Karoo winters bitterly cold. Rainfall is minimal but intense – all inhabitants in this climate need to understand protection and sharing.
Ancient tribes roamed the plains of the Karoo, surviving on only what they could harvest from their hallowed surroundings, leaving enough for the land and others to share. In this tradition, women of Southern Africa have drawn on the fine natural wool shorn from the Karoo’s largest inhabitant, the sheep, to knit blankets with which to keep young children warm.
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Blankets from Africa is a female-owned and operated community project, supporting women in rural areas by creating a safe working environment in their community.
We create protective work places for rural knitters from the Karoo that have difficulty finding work in their community due to various reasons.
The level of unemployment, especially among women, has reached alarming levels with little apparent prospect of improvement. Our dream is to maintain sustainable employment in these communities and to create a positive change for generations to come.
Blankets from Africa provides these women with the means to create a product out of natural wool sheared from the very sheep which surround them. The provision of a simple pattern, needles and pure wool is the catalyst for them to generate an income, enjoy a community spirit of working in a group and experience feelings of achievement and of being valued.