Madi a Thavha currently supports over thirty individual and groups of artists. They are mostly based in the northern part of Limpopo Province and use a wide variety of materials, such as wood, clay, beads and textiles.
Revival of the Arts and Culture of Northern Limpopo
The renewed interest in arts and crafts was the outcome of a process that started about 10 years ago. To revive the arts and culture of the Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people, the government made funds available to support groups of crafters groups. The aim was to create jobs and generate income through, projects mainly targeting rural unemployed women. Cultural and heritage practicioners got involved in many research projects, studying cultural aspects of the craft communities and opportunities for craft and tourism development.
Heritage based products
Skilled artists and crafters started to develop unique and innovative products using traditional elements and indigenous technologies. The knowledge to use natural resources that had been part of Limpopo people's heritage for centuries, was revived. Ancient traditions and modern technologies were combined and through a process of product development, value was added to nearly forgotten skills and products. At the core of this process was the promotion of pride and dignity by creating awareness of the value of their knowledge and skills.
Supporting the artists and crafters
The Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people are artistically minded and their skills very well developed. They work with wood, clay, textile and paper and their homesteads and workshops are hubs of creativity. Madi a Thavha supports the artists and crafters by contributing to product development and marketing. The Dancing Fish gallery is a way to present, explain and promote their work by presenting the rich cultural heritage of the Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people. Training and inspirational gatherings with the artists are also organised at Madi a Thavha.
Madi a Thavha's speciality is to source, promote and provide Craft Art that reflects the individual uniqueness of the diverse and culturally rich northern regions of Limpopo Province, South Africa. Product design and developing production processes are also part of the services provided.