Dolls fashioned from fabric, with embroidered eyes, eyelashes and smiles, woollen hair and feet clad in handmade shoes, are another of the countless one-of-a-kind buys visitors are offered at the annual festive season craft market in Stilbaai.
The event is known as Brug Stalletjies, because the stalls that exhibitors use to showcase their wares are across the road from the bridge leading into the west side of the coastal town.
Anton and Sophia Steyn of Stilbaai began in 2002 to sell braai equipment at the craft show, but gradually expanded their selection until about two years ago Sophia put the dolls she makes on display.
“I made a doll for my grandchild, and her delight convinced me that other little girls might want them too.”
Her instincts were right. Selling at R300 each, the dolls are so popular that Sophia must work hard making them during the year to meet the demand at the craft show. She estimates that each doll takes about a week to make.
Anton Steyn says this year has been busier for their stall, possibly because they have a payment card facility for the first time.
Their wares include wooden lamps made by Tienie Stander of Sedgfield, selling at an average price of R190.