Large South African Beaded Dolls
By creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind beaded art pieces, the women have found a sustainable way to support themselves and their families.
The project, which has established a vibrant community of more than 450 bead artists, many of whom are the sole breadwinners within their households, has transformed the beaded arts market in South Africa. Departing from the culture of mass-produced curio craft, each doll is unique and signed by the artist, ensuring that individual artists receive recognition for their work.All of the profits from the sales of artworks are reinvested back into community services, including weekly soup kitchens, yoga, drama , as well as a burial fund for artists and their families. Life in the townships of Cape Town is extremely challenging in a material sense. Each Monkeybiz bead artwork created by the beading community is a reminder that the human spirit can triumph over seemingly hopeless conditions.