Malawian artists will now have the opportunity to exhibit their arts and crafts at the the President Walmont Hotel in Lilongwe courtesy of Tindoz d’Afrique Limited.
Tindoz d’Afrique is an arts and craft company, which was founded in 2007 by Tendai Theresa Mashanda.
The company first opened its arts and craft shop at Pacific Mall in Area 10 in Lilongwe in August last year before widening its net to open another shop at Peermont hotel which is run by a South African hotel and casino group – Peermont Hotels Casinos and Resorts.
The hotel is managing the Umodzi Park, which incorporates the country’s first five-star hotel, the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) and the Presidential Villas.
During the opening on Friday Tindoz d’Afrique proprietor Mashanda said her aim is to promote and market African art, craft and artifacts coming from under-privileged Africans focusing largely on youth and women entrepreneurs who do not have access to markets within their country and in markets abroad.
Mashanda said they are at the moment exhibiting wood carvings and different paintings among others produced by local artists.
“Art is a passion and again art also extends to the artists who are also trying to make a living out of art and again it’s a way to promote tourism in Malawi as well as putting Malawi out there on the map,” she said.
Mashanda, wife to Standard Bank Malawi boss Andrew Mashanda, said since the opening of her first shop last year, business has been overwhelming and very good.
She explained that artists bring in their artworks and sell to them at a commission.
The Tindoz d’Afrique owner said they are now set to expand to Blantyre and Mzuzu.
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