Mrs Tembeka Metele is the owner of Iza Crafts, which began in a small back room in Mdantsane in 2001 with one seamstress and three beaders. The business has increased and supports many more rural crafters, and the focus of the business is on producing products to a high standard. Many traditional Xhosa beaders in the Mooiplaas area benefit from regular work from Iza Crafts, keeping these traditional skills alive and providing a viable form of income.
Iza Crafts produces traditional isiXhosa clothing, beadwork, bags, shawls and soft furnishings. All products feature Xhosa features, a distinctive range of colour combinations, made from shoelace braids, shell buttons and exquisite beadwork, and use traditional material and processes where possible.
Many of the products available on The Wild Coast Trading Company are fully customizable with easy drop down selections.