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New market promotes indigenous arts and crafts

The first ever Korrelkop Maakit, which was held in Parow over the past weekend, was a success and definitely something worth building on, organisers say.

The market, which promotes indigenous arts and crafts, was held on Saturday 3 August.

“While it was a modest start, the feedback from everyone – exhibitors and patrons – was positive.

“People agreed on the potential for the market and are looking forward to the next one,” Natasha Adonis, one of the exhibitors, says.

Marlene le Roux, chief executive of the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, was also in attendance.

“It was really great to have her there. She applauded the team’s efforts and congratulated everyone for pulling off a great event.

“The atmosphere was awesome! It was a success. Definitely something worth building on,” Natasha adds.

The market was founded by Marcia Borcherds, an holistic massage freelance therapist who also caters with vegetarian food.

“The idea behind the market was to create a platform for performing artists and entrepreneurs to exhibit their talent and creativity, mainly focusing on indigenous culture and knowledge. People of colour creating their own products and showcasing individual style and talent, making it happen for themselves, Borcherds explains.

The market was held at the New Bean Café in Jenkinson Street, Parow.

“We decided on a location in the northern suburbs as we felt that there are not always markets or spaces that provide the necessary opportunity to showcase our unique narratives around natural and holistic well-being, but more specifically around indigenous products and culture. We want to create a movement that speaks to our heritage and creativity,” says Borcherds.

The next market will be held at the Temo Lounge in Wolrood Road, Kensington.

“The venue or location will change accordingly, as we want the market and events to circulate within different locations on the Cape Flats and perhaps neighbouring provinces if possible.

At a later stage they hope to host it in the northern as well as southern suburbs in Cape Town – making it accessible to all who are interested in the cultural exchange, as well as those who want to trade and sell natural products that focus on self-sustainability and the well-being of the planet, Borcherds says.

The market offers a variety of products, including crafts, vegetarian food, clothing and indigenous herbal drinks.

“Essentially we want to evoke and encourage the return of indigenous oral traditions and trade traditions that have been part of our heritage passed on from previous generations. This is how we establish new and innovative ways to implement, encourage, strengthen and support emerging talent within our own communities,” Borcherds says.

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