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Wild animal dishtowels


Giving a thumbs up to good homegrown quality, the Durban-based NEST design team produces bookends, magazine racks, hangers, lampshades and more from their home province of KwaZulu Natal. Now they've added these proudly local dishtowels to their range, featuring a group of familiar wild animals native to South Africa. The pair behind the brand are designers Sam Boylan and Kathryn Du Toit who each bring their own bit of quirkiness to the table. Kathryn tells HL, 'Sam and I are all about functional, but with a twist of fun. We wanted something to add a pop of colour to the kitchen and hence the dishcloths were born.' Explaining where her love for handcrafted items comes from, Kathryn says that she used to work for Inkanyezi Fabrics in KZN, which uses traditional methods - meaning they are all done by hand - whether block-printed, hand-screened or hand-painted. Once Sam and Kathryn's dishcloth designs were down on paper, they felt Inkanyezi were the natural choice to make them up for NEST. 'We think collaborating is really important; to share ideas, visions and techniques just takes you that step further', she adds. And what a brilliant collaboration it has turned out to be. The animal stacked effect on the dishtowels stemmed from a similar design seen on a wall decal for a kids room. The first design which proved to be popular included farm animals, while the latest version offers some unique African flair. They're great gifts and also lightweight, so easy to transport. The dishtowels (60x40cm), available in coral, aqua and mint printed on white, and charcoal printed on taupe, are R100 each from the NEST website. For more information visit their Facebook page, call Sam on 083-788-7299 or Kathryn on 083-270-0880. Special Offer for HL Readers! You can get two wild animal dishcloths for R150, offering you a saving of R50. Just send an email with your order to kathryn@telkomsa.net and quote 'H&L'. Offer valid while stocks last.