Barrydale Hand Weavers, along the Route 62, make weavers of natural unbleached cotton on traditional handlooms. The weavery is open to the public and has become a sought after tourist attraction in Barrydale.
Barrydale's proud social enterprise
Our mission is to create beautiful hand-woven products with modern precision. We strive to preserve the traditional craft of hand-weaving while employing and developing the skills of our team – empowering members of the local community.
Out with the farms, we are the second largest employer in Barrydale will 18 staff most of 16 of whom are woman and the main bread winners for their families. Our total ‘dependants’ is around 60 people and we also support other local business such as the plumber, carpenter, metal worker, couriers, etc.
We make table ware, apparel, blankets, mats and rugs using locally grown cotton. We have over 70 active customers who are retailers through South Africa and internationally. The big names are Poetry (part of Cape Union Mart), Boschendal, Wedgewood Nougat and the Ou Meul Bakeries.
We have an ambitious growth plan this year and prior to the Covid-19 outbreak we were on track for 50% growth in revenue and 100% growth in profitability. We have been opening new markets locally and internationally at a rate that we are struggling to keep up with.
The Expedition Project is a social enterprise! Please use the enquiry form below – by doing so you are supporting both this project and projects nearby at no extra cost. You will also get access to similar projects, accommodation discounts and special offers.
Donation options here.
Read about their COVID-19 appeal here.