Four category winners walked away with prizes of material and equipment worth a combined R60,000 at the 2017 Lithuba Lakho Craft Exhibition at the Athenaeum in Port Elizabeth earlier this year.
The exhibition was a well-attended affair drawing the attention of arts lovers and aspiring artists.
The winners of the competition were Yan Matlin on Traditional Wear, Khabane Pottery on Homewear, Contemporary Accessories won by Refined Revolt and Scripture Brand winning the Apparel category.
A star attraction of the exhibition was a pop-up shop run by the Eastern Cape Craft Collection store at the Walmer Park Shopping Center.
The pop-up shop gave an opportunity to art enthusiasts and lovers around the Metro to view and purchase some of the products on display. It was also a great opportunity for the craft enterprises to tap into new markets.
Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) chief executive Ndzondelelo Dlulane assured those in attendance of the organizations commitment to the project and its continued support to initiatives such as Lithuba Lakho.
“ECDC will continue to support the Lithuba Lakho Exhibition and competition as it creates a market for the products of Eastern Cape creatives and it also recognizes excellence.
“The organisation will also consolidate its relationship with partners and supporters such as the Department of Small Business Development to ensure that creative industries SMME’s receive continued support as well as the platforms, channels and resources they need to flourish,” Dlulane said.
Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), project manager Oyama Vanto said that projects like the Lithuba Lakho Competition and Exhibition fall in line with the mission of the agency’s creative industries programme.
“These initiatives are necessary to stimulate improved economic activity as well as enhanced job creation in the creative industries sector as they play an income generation role for households particularly for rural and outlying areas,” said Vanto.