It can be argued that riempie chairs are as South African as braaivleis, rugby and veldskoene and have been around as long as any of us can remember. On a recent visit to Johannesburg I repaired 3 of my sisters four riempie chairs. Oddly enough the riempie wooden frames were in fact broken while the actual leather bits were still intact. They were antiques.
Closer to home here in knysna there is another solution for riempie repair and that is the Werkswinkel. They are a short 10 minute trip out of Knysna in the Plettenberg Bay direction and are located in Hornlee. To find them, take the Hornlee turn-off, first road left into Sunridge and then 2nd left into Wing street. They can be found on the corner of Wing and Soutian streets. You cant miss them, easily visible from the road.
The Werkswinkel would probably be your most cost effective repair alternative. They just do the work, no hype, and have a lot of expertise to draw from. For further details contact Edwin on (044) 385-0145.