Mielie was born in 2002 around Adri Schutz's dining room table and since then has grown to a family of fifty proud South Africans. Our mission is to design and produce innovative, export-quality hand-crafted products using reclaimed materials - with the aim of creating employment and restoring dignity and financial independence to South Africans. As far as is possible all our products are hand-made, and we are committed to using locally produced materials. The fabric of the Mielie range is reclaimed, and our finishes (cotton thread, needles, genuine leather handles etc) are locally produced. Mielie strips - from which our bags and other products are woven - are a byproduct from cotton mills.