Custom designed mobile phone pouches are the hottest property in Nqileni. The pouches come in different styles, designs and colours. Customers get to choose their preferred designs and they can also watch the felting process. iPhone and Blackberry pouches are by far the most popular pouches that are being produced.
The pouches are designed and made by the Takane Felting enterprise. The name Takane is taken from the Xhosa name for a lamb. Takane Felting is managed by Veliswa and Nocawe, two creative and hard working women from Nqileni Village. Customers have a choice of strapped pouches, pouches with flap-tops and also open-top pouches. There are at least ten colours to choose from and to make colour combinations.
In addition to the mobile phone pouches, Takane Felting offers a wide range of wool felted products such as handbags, laptop bags, scarves, iPad pouches and baby blankets.
Visitors to the felting workshop have marveled at the dedication, craftsmanship, skill and ease as the felters go about their business. Veliswa and Nocawe have become accustomed to the amazed expressions of the on-lookers as the product takes shape from simple un-spun wool to bags, scarves, baby blankets and pouches.