Our story

The Township Group was founded in 1997 by Nicole-Marie Iresch.



"When I was first invited to visit the homes of a group of women in Khayelitsha in 1992, I encountered an abundance of patterns, colours and textures and was struck by the ingenuity, creativity and flair of the township life. I discovered a beauty, a style and a spirit that I had never seen before. From that moment, I nursed a desire to express and translate the originality and style of township homes into unique prints. I also recognized the energy and potential of these women and felt compelled to help them to find meaninful opportunities that would convey their heroic spirit and creativity" - Township Founder, Nicole-Marie Iresch


To be an African leading ethical textile brand, developing high quality products and solutions for the Corporate, Conference & Meetings and Retail industries.


Job creation and women’s economic empowerment form the foundation of the Township® ethical  brand. Today, Township Patterns has an established reputation as a unique and innovative social enterprise, providing work for an ever-expanding network of independent township-based sewing co-operatives that it helps set up through its not-for-profit (NPO) organization Afrique du Sud, Bidonvilles (ASB).


19 Fisher Avenue, Unit 9, Epping 1, Cape Town 7460

Phone : (021) 534 8558
Email: info@township.co.za

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