Over the years, the Greater Knysna area has become a hub for artists, designers, and crafters.
This top holiday destination in the Garden Route is truly a place that inspires creativity and craftmanship. The proof is in the variety of beautiful, locally made products on sale at many of the shops and markets in the area.
Scarab Art & Craft Village
What makes the Scarab Art & Craft Village in Sedgefield stand out from others is that most of the stall holders have crafted their own products. From original art, ceramics, handmade clothing and metal work to hand carved wooden products and hand spun wool, the market is an endless source of unique merchandise.
The mosaic garden at Scarab Village sells original mosaicked items by local artists as part of the Sedgefield Community Mosaic Art Tourism project which raises funds for Masithandane, a local NPO.
The Village is also the location for the Scarab Paper & Craft Centre which sells hand-produced paper made with elephant dung. You’ll find the quaint Sedgefield Craft Beer brewery here too, a boutique style craft brewery and family owned and run establishment that specialises in high quality handcrafted beers which contain no maize or preservatives.
You’ll find Scarab Village next to the Mosaic Market and Engen Garage just off the N2 between Sedgefield and Wilderness.
Between Scarab Village and the Wild Oats Farmers Market, the Mosaic Market is an excellent source of locally produced products including clothing, jewellery, picture frames, wooden artefacts and leather accessories. The craft stalls are interspersed with food stalls, many of which sell delicious preserved jam, pickles and other homemade goodies with a long shelf life that you can purchase to take home with you.
Also in Sedgefield, The Little Wood Shop in Main Service Road sells authentically crafted wood creations.
Knysna Waterfront Quays
Knysna Waterfront Quays is Knysna’s biggest shopping centre is scenically located on the small harbour. Spend a morning or afternoon here browsing the many shops which sell locally made goods, including handcrafted jewellery, locally designed and manufactured clothing, leather goods and African crafts and contemporary art.
The Crystal Cave sells jewellery made from semiprecious stones and crystal beads selected for their quality, beauty and healing properties.
Knysna Diamond Corporation showcases beautiful, locally designed and made bespoke jewellery.
The Logo Store sells looks of novelty items including branded Knysna t-shirts and souvenirs.
Out of The Blue was born in Knysna and has become one of the town’s great success stories. Shop here for comfortable and stylish ladies fashion garments.
Sublime Clothing sells A-grade leather handbags made in Knysna and locally made clothing in 100% cotton and linen.
Eye Love sells beautiful, sustainable, locally sourced clothing and accessories.
The Visit Knysna offices, which offer a tourist information service at 40 Main Street, also display and sell a variety of locally made items.
MISA (Made in South Africa) Pure Craft in the Knysna Mall showcases local crafts and clothing ranges in a central, accessible location in the Knysna Mall. The beautifully curated shop is full of local gems.
Dazzling Jewellers in Memorial Square sells handmade designs by local goldsmith Debbie Zeelie.
Iphupho at the Mainstreet Market in the Templeman Building is a beautiful, inspirational gift shop which stocks handmade products supplied by members of the local community including mohair, leather and shweshwe products and ceramics.
Love Gift in Gray street, across from the entrance to the Waterfront, sells beautiful handmade gifts for every occasion.
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Beyond Boutique offers locally made garments and accessories, supporting sustainable and ethical brands that are beautiful and long lasting.
Aldo Kleyn crafts beautiful leather belts, handbags and purses and wallets for his shop Aldo Kleyn Leather Designs.
Goldsmiths Knysna has become renowned and as a manufacturer of elegant, high quality platinum and gold jewellery.