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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Babes in the Wood.....catchy isn't it?

I just love the “Leef” magazine (meaning Life), an Afrikaans Christian and Lifestyle Magazine published in South Africa.  I first saw the 2 beautiful ladies of Babes in the Wood in an article featured in the “Leef” magazine a while ago. 

I was inspired by their story, Karien Wood being a mom deciding to give up her day job to look after her kids.  Her love for all things beautiful -- with a twist and old vintage flair -- inspired her to start up Babes in the Wood with Letitia.

Letitia du Toit is an artist and designer with a B-Tech Degree in Textile Design. She has a passion for fashion and interior design and was a finalist in the House & Leisure Green Designers and Woolworths Competition in 2009.
Magret Matlou handles the crochet and some of the needlework.

They started their business from scratch, and the first time I saw their products in person was at the Irene Village Market in Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa.  Beautiful kids clothing!   I immediately bought 2 of the cutest t-shirts for my little boy!

They’ve been featuring their products at the coolest markets, their items being stocked by the trendiest shops, and most of the major publications and magazines in South Africa wanting to feature their story and their products.

Today Babes in the Wood specialize in a range of hand printed textiles with a difference ranging from clothes and cushions to aprons and tablecloths. Their work has been featured in numerous publications including Lééf, Visi, Tuis, Home, Idees and “Baba en Kleuter”.

When you see their work in person, you’re astounded at how much artisanship goes into making each and every item.  Iconic South African symbolism can be found on a lot of their work, bringing back memories of my childhood, and learning about the Voortrekkers, and President Paul Kruger, and I could go on and on and on!  I absolutely love History, always have, and it makes me so nostalgic, knowing where we’ve come from, and where we are going, and they got it right to pull on my heart strings, a very subtle but lasting pull!

Karien and Letitia (not forgetting all their collaborators), I hope you’re creative minds keep on blossoming, and that we will be surprised and delighted by your work for years and years to come!
Here are all their contact details!  Now, what are you waiting for?
 Happy Days to all!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing their amazing talent! Going to click on their link now :)