With a passion for excellence and respect for the earth, the remarkable women of Tintsaba create beautiful handmade products centred around the use of Sisal, a sustainable natural weed that grows wild in Swaziland.

Tintsaba was founded by Sheila Freemantle in 1985, her focus was on how she could help the women of rural Swaziland take charge of their lives and become independent. Starting with only 12 local women, Sheila's guidance, dedication and innovativeness brought Tintsaba to what it is today. These qualities ushered Tintsaba in to become renown for refined, high quality sisal basketry weaving, and has been recognised as an industry leader and awarded repeatedly over the years.

Since inception Tintsaba has endeavoured to create a workplace that helps our women grow and develop themselves. Through various courses and workshops ranging in a variety of subjects such as leadership, skill-set development, training, environmental awareness and women's health. 

Over the last 30 years Tintsaba has trained and worked with over 1000 women in rural Swaziland. Invoking the passion that Sheila had, they are dedicated to creating the highest quality hand woven sisal products. The future for Tintsaba and Swazi women is one of independence, strength of self and to lead by example within their communities.

Watch a video of my time spent in the field with some of the artisans from Tintsaba

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