Each zebra is painstakingly crafted taking hours to create; the artists shape steel wire into a frame in the shape of an animal. Next, they bead glass beads onto finer, more flexible wire and wrap and secure the beaded wire over the animal frame.
South African black townships are where many unique crafts were founded. Due to the poverty, high unemployment and lack of education and marketable skills many residents had a great deal of time on their hands. Many children and adults passed the time by making all kinds of crafts from waste. They made animals, flowers, baskets, toy cars and carvings and more from wood, stone, paper, plastic, wire, bottle caps and tin cans. These products have become known as township art or township crafts. From among these many amateur artisans were a few very creative and skilled crafters. Today organizations and businesses assist these crafters by providing them with proper training, marketing skills and new materials enabling them to make a decent living. Some have established their own small businesses to market their crafts at craft markets, on street corners, to local shops and even for export
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