PHOTOS Hilary O’Leary
Coral Stephens Handweaving is a bespoke handweaving studio in Swaziland, which specialises in producing the finest hand-prepared and hand-woven textiles and carpets made from mohair, raffia, cotton and wool.
Coral Stephens founded her business in Piggs Peak, Northern Swaziland in the 1940s. In this rural area she organised the purchase of mohair and trained spinners and weavers to produce unique fabrics. Through collaboration with designers her fabrics quickly achieved worldwide repute and the success continues today.
Production is for domestic, corporate and hospitality projects for the South African and international market. Products have a variety of applications – curtaining, carpets, upholstery, cushion covers, blankets and throws. Mohair curtaining is the cornerstone of the business however product range and materials have diversified and raffia curtaining as well as cotton are also popular. Mohair makes ideal curtaining and carpets and while it is soft, it is still durable and will last for decades.