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Review of Machilla Magic

Machilla Magic
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Vilanculos
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Machilla Magic is a 'Fair Trade Tourism' Certified community project that works with over 60 artists and their families in Vilankulo (Mozambique) and its surrounding area. We have a wide range of diverse arts and crafts, 95% of which are made from recycled materials. We work on a Fair Trade system with our Artists and all raw materials are harvested in a sustainable way. Prices start at less than one US Dollar.
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This a very special shop with a heart, while you can get bothered by the locals on the beach selling their wares, I always feel guilty for being white and privileged and end up with beads and things I did not want. However took a walk to the gallery meet Sandy who is delightful and had a very pleasant hour browsing and buying some beautiful gifts, with no pressure but still supporting the community. Would highly recommend you visit this gallery, the goods are beautiful and there is information on the different crafters. Just wished we had driven so I could have filled a car!

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Machilla_Magic, Owner at Machilla Magic, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Thank you for this great review, we really appreciate it. We're also very pleased that you enjoyed reading the Artist information that we have written up in the Gallery, after all, it's the Artists that make the Magic at Machilla happen! Thanks again, the Machilla Magic Team :-)

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

During my month long stay in Vilanculos I returned time and time again to this amazing Gallery- in my opinion it is the best place to buy gifts for loved ones at home and whilst shopping you are supporting the 60 crafts people that are employed by the Gallery. Sandy and Snowy have worked very hard to build up an amazing business that provides customers and local lodges with a great range of products. The staff are very knowledgeable on the source materials of the products, the back ground of the artists and even offer you the rules to traditional games sold here! The gallery has a really laid back family feel and you feel comfortable to take your time to browse, sit in the hammocks, stroke the dogs, chat to the owners or even take a tour around the weavers and carpenters working hard! They sell everything from cashew nut butter, Dugong carvings (with a % of each sale going to protect this amazing sea creature), seat hammocks, woven hearts, salad server sets- big items like laundry baskets and loungers to tiny rings and coconut shell spoons- there really is something for every customer-no matter what your budget. I have included photos of some of the product in use once I returned home to the UK- the question is often not "What to buy?" - but "What not to?" I can't wait to visit again next year and look forward to seeing all the crafts people and staff again-who gave me such a warm welcome each time- keep up the good work guys- you are all amazing! xx

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Machilla_Magic, Owner at Machilla Magic, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2013

Kate, thank you SO MUCH for our lovely review and also for the wonderful photos. We really appreciate it and we really liked getting to know you (and your volunteer skills!). See you next year :-)

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is a super place to visit in Vilanculos - the staff is very pleasant and encourage browsing... all the products are locally made by community members and they really have some wonderful products especially those made with the local woods - we stayed at Casa Rex whilst in Vilanculos and saw alot of the Machilla products beautifully incorporated there. So worth a visit!

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Machilla_Magic, Owner at Machilla Magic, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thank you for your review, we always appreciate feed back from clients who have visited the Gallery. It's also nice to see that you noticed some of our products in Casa Rex. We look forward to seeing you when you next visit Vilankulo. Thanks again, The Machilla Magic Team

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We had a leisurely walk along the beach for a browse aound Machilla Magic. Beautiful cards, pictures, arts and crafts all beautifully displayed. We came away with several purchases and left an order for two wooden trays. Really nice to learn about what they do and a great service. It is so worth a visit.

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Machilla_Magic, Owner at Machilla Magic, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for this lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday in Vilankulo and that Machilla Magic was one of the highlights. We hope that your review encourages other visitors to visit our Gallery and write a review. We shall keep in touch with you regarding the trays.
Kind regards, the Machilla Magic team :-)

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Let me start by saying that i HATE browsing art galleries. But Machilla Magic is different somehow - maybe its the wide array of offerings, the unusually high level of good design and taste. But this is one gallery I can't wait to visit again. The biggest problem one faces is what NOT to buy (seriously, it's THAT good).

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Machilla_Magic, Owner at Machilla Magic, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Thank you for this wonderful review. We really appreciate you taking the time to write the review and let more people know about our Arts and Craft Gallery. We hope to see you again when you next visit Mozambique! Thanks again.

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