Local handicrafts and artisanal items to pick up on your trip

Recycled Plastic Goods

Check out the fun decorative objects made from recycled plastic by KEAG (Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group;www.keag.org.za) available from African Image (corner of Church and Burg Streets, City Bowl; tel. 27 21 423 8385. www.african-image.co.za) and KEAG’s base at Imhoff Farm (Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie; tel. 27 21 783 3433.www.imhofffarm.co.za).

Monkeybiz

Exclusively features items handcrafted by women in the townships. Profits from the sales of their beautiful beadwork items, including a dazzling collection of dolls, help support a clinic for HIV/AIDS-affected women. 65 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap; tel. 27 21 426 0636.www.monkeybiz.co.za

Ceramics

Cape Town is brimming with talented potters and ceramic artists, some of whom have emerged from the townships. Places to find their work include Potter's Shop & Studio (Six Rouxville Road, Kalk Bay; tel. 27 21 788 7030), Africa Nova (Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant; tel. 27 21 425 5123), and Clementina Ceramics (Second Floor, The Colosseum Building, Three St. George's Mall, City Bowl; tel. 27 21 419 2679.www.clementina.co.za).

Streetwire

Young socially disadvantaged Capetonians have been trained to produce almost any item from wire; the results range from chandeliers to radios and decorative sculptures. 77 Shortmarket Street, Bo-Kaap; tel. 27 21 426 2475. www.streetwires.co.za

Wine

Two excellent wine shops where you’ll find a fine selection of Cape-produced vintages are Wine Concepts (www.wineconcepts.co.za) at 50 Kloof Street and the ever reliable Vaughan Johnson’s Wine & Cigar Shop, on Dock Road at the Waterfront.

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