Ostrich Arts & Crafts
Ostrich arts and crafts are widely regarded as some of the
finest in Africa, and certainly the best in southern Africa.
The high quality, outstanding detail and originality have gained
international recognition, and are visible in curio shops all
Arts, Crafts & Ostriches
The inhabitants of the Klein Karoo have a long history of using various parts of
the ostrich to manufacture beautiful, interesting and practical items.
The finest quality Ostrich plumes are highly sought after throughout the world.
They are generally used for decorating extravagant costumes with two of the best
known consumers being the Moulin Rouge in Paris and the annual carnival in
Rio de Janeiro. At the other end of the scale, the humbler feathers are used to
make practical and effective feather dusters in natural or bright colours.
Apart from the obvious like handbags, wallets and belts, Ostrich leather has become
extremely fashionable to use as insert panels in luxury cars and is being used to
create unique jewellry. It also makes beautiful, light-weight clothing like jackets,
skirts and even dresses. The inspired fashion designer, Gavin Rajah, has even come
up with a stunning (bronze) metallic-leather look.
Ostrich eggshells were first used by the bushmen as jewellery, in the form of discs
on a necklace, and as containers, to carry water and store water.
Nowadays, you get high-quality carved ostrich eggs showing scenes like the Big Five
and ostrich eggshell lamps which show designs of magnificent detail when lit from