Crafts initiative and business co-operative
in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
The Cradle of Humankind is one of eight World Heritage Sites
in South Africa
Crafts initiative and business co-operative
in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

The Hands that Rock the Cradle (HTRTC)

The Hands that Rock the Cradle (HTRTC) crafts initiative was launched on 6 February 2013 in Maropeng.
This crafts initiative and business co-operative in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is aimed at uplifting and developing local communities through creative expression.
The Hands that Rock the Cradle is a positive initiative to unite the government’s desire to bring science to a much broader audience with the desire to create opportunities for the development of local communities.
The crafters were selected and trained to produce craft items that relate thematically to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The extensive catalogue includes a range of items from Ndebele dolls to beaded charm bracelets, funky skull cushions, painted white giraffes, wire décor items, traditional design crockery, to a range of fabrics and fossil casts of possibly the most famous and recent palaeontological  discoveries -  Australopithecus sediba (2010) and Homo naledi in 2015– among many other items.

Imvelaphi Yethu Co-op produces beautiful handcrafted wire and beaded products.

The Fossil crafters at Marapo Stones and Bones are highly trained in this essential skill.

Mogale Pottery Co-op produces both traditional and decorative ceramics, hand-made and painted.

The silk screeners at Elight Co-op produce fabrics and items such as T-shirts.