Bountiful beads add pizzazz to life

Cape Town resident Bomikazi Nomlala-Chihnamo (41) says life her life is all about beads.

She gives existing items a bold, bright and traditional look through intricately-patterned bead cladding.

“My love for beads not only enables creativity but has also helped me to learn and connect with different cultures through beadwork,” says Bomikazi.

She is so taken with Africa’s heritage that she will soon add traditional outfits to her range, which is commercially available through Clareb Accessories.

Bomikazi is one of the entrants in the 2020 Innibos Craft Awards, which is open for entries until midnight on 1 May, 2020. All crafters are invited to enter, no matter which material they work in or what products they create.

“The Craft Awards present crafters with the opportunity to expose their work and push their creativity. It helps to gain exposure and fresh new ideas,” Bomikazi says.

R165 000 in prize money to be won

The Innibos National Craft Awards is now in its fourth year. This year, the National Department of Arts and Culture is sponsoring four additional categories: Corporate Gifts, Beaded Craft Products, Craft Produced Using Recycled Materials and Souvenirs. Each carries prize money of R20 000. The overall winner of the competition – chosen from across all disciplines – walks away with R50 000, the first runner-up with R20 000 and the second runner-up with R15 000.

It is easy to enter. Crafters need simply take a photo of their entry – next to a matchbox for size of scale, and either email it to or send it to 071 621 3597 via MMS or WhatsApp. There is no entry fee.

Ts&Cs apply and can be found on the competition’s Facebook page –

Remember to include your name, the town in which you live and your contact details.

Entrants who have not heard from the organisers within 30 days of the closing date must take it as given that they did not make the shortlist for final judging.

For more information, please WhatsApp Jan Bhuda on 071 621 3597 or email John Anthony Boerma at

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