Tsima’s bead work talent recognised

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When Akanyang Tsima first attempted to make a doormat whilst still at primary school, little did she know that she would become a beader of note.

The Kanye native says she developed an interest in crafts at a tender age and that her love for the creative arts continued as she grew older. She told Arts&Culture that this led her to study art at junior secondary school, where she chose it as one of her optional subjects. Despite being good in the subject, she was forced to switch to Development Studies because she did not get along with her strict art teacher. “One day in October 2017 while staying in Jwaneng, I was invited to a workshop focused on Arts and Crafts by the Village Development Committee (VDC) chairperson.

They offered training in basket weaving, pottery, and bead making, and I chose bead making. This community-based training was sponsored by the Debswana Jwaneng Mine and we were trained twice a year by different instructors, learning various techniques. In 2018, we received training from the African Arts Centre in South Africa, which was still sponsored by Debswana,” she said. She further pointed out that as her business grew from selling neckpieces that she made, she expanded to purchasing leather sandals and boots from Kenya, as well as a bale of clothes. Tsima also said she had the idea of running a boutique selling African products but faced challenges during the lockdown in 2020-2021. This led to a loss of customers and income. As a result, she said she had to relocate to her home village to care for her daughter who was attending school. She explained that she chose to venture into arts and crafts because, despite the instability of income, it provides money periodically. Moreover, she said the public reacted positively to her work, even though some associate beads with sangomas and witches.

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