- Mohair & wool
- 9" L x 3.5" W (22.8 x 8.8 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Lesotho
Made by: Leribe Craft Center
Leribe Craft Centre is a sheltered workshop and employment project in Lesotho. Since 1911, the Sisters of the Holy Name trained young Basotho women to spin and weave local Lesotho mohair from the mountains of the country. The Center trains and employs physically disabled and deaf women in spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting. It employs about forty Basotho women; about half the women are disabled. Other women spin mohair at their homes and bring the yarn to the center regularly for it to be woven, knit or crocheted.
The Center produces unique handmade products of 100% Lesotho mohair. These products include table mats and runners, ponchos, shoulder bags, purses, scarves, stoles, shawls, knee-rugs, small tapestries and cushion covers.
The project is philanthropic - profits are used for training the disabled, lodging and also for the Home Economics School which is on the same site.