We are Township. A unique partnership between a Social Enterprise, a Non-Profit organisation and worker-owned co-operatives.
Together we design and produce great, eco-friendly, authentically African products and bring opportunity, professionalism and economic development to women in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
We have been doing that since 1997 and can now boast a proven success model that currently:
-contributes close to R2 Million a year to the township economy
-provides business support and on-going training to a network of DTI-registered co-operatives
-provides on-going training in order to give women the skills to establish themselves as a co-operative
-provides formal work for around 70* people (each salary has a positive effect on 6 others)
-supplies 200,000* bags annually to local retail partner Pick ‘n Pay
-supplies around 50,000* bags for business solutions globally
designs unique township-inspired fabrics for a new range of fashion, accessories and home decoration
Township Patterns designs and markets a variety of ethical and eco-friendly corporate bags for conferences, events and corporate gifts, hand made on a fair trade basis by cooperatives wholly owned by disadvantaged women from Khayelistha, Manenberg and Westlake.
Proudly South African, Township Patterns is an official member of the World Fair Trade Organisation WFTO (http://www.wfto.org).
Our bags have a unique ethnic look and feel; made out of natural fabrics such as cotton, hessian and denim. Our accessories add a special touch to the bags; a range of embroidery and beads are available to personalize your custom-made bags.
Township Patterns supplies conference & event organisers, sponsors, PCO’s, NGO’s, private companies and public sector institutions and retailers around the world.
We offer you bags that have a direct positive impact on South African society and the environment. Since the origin of the company, the retail and conference markets are our focus as they enable us to get large orders allowing for the creation of more job opportunities for the townships population. Today we work with a network of cooperatives producing 100% eco-friendly bags on a fair trade basis.
We can supply different shapes and looks for your custom-made bags thanks to the on-going training that each co-operative receives during the year. Your conference bags can be made in cotton, hessian or denim in a choice of 5 different colours and we also offer “Cotton made in Africa”. Additional features such as handmade (knitted or beaded) accessories, adjustable straps and fastenings are also available.