Everyday things that inspire us.

Saying farewell to these beauties

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This design was inspired by the beautiful embroidery of Hungary, also known as Matyó embroidery. These three – a classic Mielie bag, smaller AJ and roomy Clutch – are headed for Detroit, Michigan. I hope they will make their new owners…

Africa, meet the Oktoberfest

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Did you know that besides being a brilliant weaver, Zanele also runs a thriving sewing business, specialising in African textiles? She recently completed this beautiful traditional German Dirndl in bold African prints for Ruby, a very special…

Quick update from Planet Mielie

After years of battling with very slow and very spotty internet, we have finally joined the 21st century! I've been redesigning the Mielie website – watch this space – and what a pleasure to work on a responsive site. One of the things…

I got a right to sing the blues

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I love the colour of this wall. I see it often in Khayelitsha, both as an interior and an exterior paint. While we are waiting for Zanele's house to be built, we either meet at Vuyelwa's house with its zingy apple-meets-lime green walls,…