The participants have started crafting their travel bags, which look to be a difficult and demanding endeavour. They are turning their bags in and out to check if their stitches are perfect. The training room today is filled with silence and concentration!Details
Preparations for travel bags are on! Nadia, the trainer, taught the participants of the leather craft course how to measure patterns. The participants are very excited to learn their third product. It was a busy day with all the participants particularly attentive. They did not want to miss even the slightest piece of information, and meticulously took notes.Details
Today the participants in the leather craft course completed the final touches on their ‘Thandi’ bags, and moved on to preparation for their travel bags. Nadia showed them how to spray paint leather using a spray gun. They then learnt how to craft the handles for travel bags. Today was all about ‘touch ups’ and new tricks to use!Details
The bags that the participants in the leather craft course are making were only left with handles and final touches to complete. The participants are thrilled and somewhat amazed at the professional products that they have crafted. Today they learnt about and made different clasps and buckles.Details
As the participants of the leather craft course being run at our community centre in Waschbank continued on their ‘Thandi’ handbags, Nadia, the trainer, showed them that there is a lot they can do with leather. She taught them how to make simple accessories out of leather scraps, like bracelets. She also showed them different designs of bags that they can craft in the future.Details
The participants are gluing and stitching the slings of their bags. Frans Machaka’s cow leather skin looks very beautiful. Frans and Livhuani are crafting different stitched leather handbags using the same leather material.
Frans Machaka a participant from Waschbank excels in his work because of his previous experience in upholstery. He says he chose to attend because he likes to create beautiful things and he one day wants to run his own business of producing and selling to big companies. He intends to help his unemployed peers from the community learn such skills to be able to create income for themselves.Details
On a wonderfully warm day today in Waschbank village, the participants of the leather craft training course finished cutting, gluing and stitching the front panel and front pocket of their ‘Thandi’ bags. I was very proud to see the two young men, Alpheus and William, catching up to the others. Nadia applauded them, and was pleasantly surprised to see that they had integrated all that she had taught on Day 4 and 5. I cannot wait to see the end products! I am already the first customer for the pink pig skinned lined handbag crafted by William Matli.Details
Today the participants learned about the cutting of patterns for a handbag. They cut the main, divider, and front panels, the front pocket, main and front pocket gussets, the sling and sling attachment, and finally the lining. They were also taught about different types of leather skin and where it is used, for example, pig skin is used for linings as its soft and thin.Details
Today the participants in the leather craft course finished off their front pockets for their bags. Even though it was a cold day, everyone was excited to get on with cutting the panels for their bags. Nadia, our facilitator, has very patiently helped those trainees that have struggled with some of the tasks.
We had a visit from our Kalkspruit mobile clinic. They came into the centre to see what was being made, and Sister Gwangwa was so impressed. She asked if she could bring a cousin to attend the training – but unfortunately we had to explain that it would not be possible. They applauded the initiative and wished the centre and participants success in crafting and marketing their products.Details