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Thembekile Tsabedre

Thembekile Tsabedre Thembekile Tsabedre
Thembekile Tsabedre

CLICK TO SPONSOR Location: Macnab, Swaziland
Development Partner: Imbita

Thembekile is rare breed—she and her husband are fifth-generation kiat platter carvers. In the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, these platters are the centerpiece of the home. The perfectly carved symmetrical shape, which each take a month of patient labor to produce, symbolizes the unity of the family and also demonstrates the host’s hospitality as guests communally eat with their hands from the same dish. As cheap plastics have flooded the market in Swaziland, kiat carvers are quickly dying out. Thembekile is proud to keep the craft alive, and she welcomes you to join the Swazi tradition and eat with your hands!