Behind the red-brick façade of a Bo-Kaap office building, the bright yellow showroom of Monkeybiz is packed with colorful beaded objects made by craftswomen in some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities. A nonprofit organization, Monkeybiz provides more than 450 women with the necessary materials (glass seed beads, wire, and recycled cotton scraps) to create unique decorative objects ranging from dolls and patterned animals to baskets, jewelry, coasters, and magnets. The gallery then sells their work, all of which is signed, and delivers proceeds to the artists and their villages, supporting community programs such as soup kitchens and yoga classes.
After shopping at the gallery, walk to the nearby Bo-Kaap Kombuis restaurant to sample traditional Cape Malay cuisine, such as denningvleis (caramelized lamb flavored with tamarind, bay leaves, and allspice).
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