Gifting is so much more than just the physical exchange of objects — it’s a way to communicate and to send a message to the recipient of the gift. When you put some thought into it and choose a meaningful present, the gift becomes a sentimental product which reminds you of the you they thought of. Maun is the perfect place to find authentic meaningful gifts to give to your loved one, clients, guests and those who would appreciate handmade gifts. You do not have to break the bank to give meaningful authentic gift made by Maun local community. I identified couple of such places:
The place is a humble adobe in a blue container where upon your arrival you will be met by the welcoming faces of Esther and Maipelo. The Pottery Craft studio is located at the Power Station close to Maun International airport. They sell beautiful handmade clay products; bowls, tea sets, jugs and flower pots just to mention a few. Going to Pottery Craft is an experience on its own as you will see the lovely ladies shaping up their creations on the pottery wheel while the other adorning the products with paint for decoration before placing them in a baking furnace oven. They also offer classes for those interested in learning the craft.
The Batik market is located next to Choppies in the new mall. Batik is both an art and a craft. It is the art of decorating cloth using wax and dye. The artist uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving "blank" areas in the dyed fabric. The batiks found on these stall are adorned with beautiful African patterns some different landscapes of Africa as well as our beloved wildlife. The fabrics can be used for different purposes; scatter cushions for your couches, table cloths to pop up colour on your dining table or outdoor table, wall art piece as well as made into beautiful clothing designs.
Maranoa Craft Centre
Maranoa craft centre is located in Boseja. They have a couple of products made from recycle paper; Albums, feedback books, journals, post cards, photo frames. What is special about the place is that the paper they use to make these beautiful products is made by local youth – Malebogo Joseph, Vasco Sashadi and Pusetso Galesiiwe. The recycled paper products do not just look good but recycled papers save our valuable natural resources, save energy, save our trees, create less toxic bi-products and help our over-crowded landfills.
Molkel’s outlet is located at the new mall at the Tshilli farm stall complex. The owner outlet is owned and managed Kelly. She sources her curios from local artists. They have variety of curio which can be great gifts. Her products range from handbags, key holders, earrings, and shoes among others. There is something sentimental about buying gifts that are produced by local communities. Handmade gifts are for many reasons often more ecological than mass produced. Buying local craft also creates jobs and supports entrepreneurs, which supports a stronger community and local economy. Simply put, buying locally does much more than support one craftsperson whose product you’ve taken home; it has a significant ripple effect in a very positive way.