Carol is the owner and founder of Barrydale Handweavers, a company she started after becoming fascinated with the art of handweaving while she was still living in Swaziland 30 years ago. With the help of master weaver, Tivane Mavuma, she built the retail shop in Barrydale as well as a fully functioning factory with altogether 22 employees. These handmade textiles are filled with emotion and sentimentality and it took some hard work for Carol to reach her level of success. What most people do not know about her, is that she also used to be a dancer…
“I was a professional dancer back in the day. When I was little, all I wanted to do was ballet, ballet, ballet. Then I got into a company, and I was there for a couple of years. Then I toured Europe doing cabaret.
“I did the ballet company when I was 8 up until I was 17 or 18 years old. Then I did a bunch of musicals in South Africa, back in the day. They were these big musicals that would go on for a whole year in various cities. Then I did the cabaret in a company. At that time, I was 22.
“I then decided to come back to South Africa, because I had met somebody. We had some kids. Then I got divorced and lived in Swaziland. Now I am here in Barrydale.