By the end of 20th century the Zanzibar Government had taken control of the fabric market on the island. As a result, there were only three colours available. But for the women of the Suleiman family that wasn’t enough. They tried to find a way to make the fabrics more unique. For generations the women of the family had made the delicate ornaments for Kofia and Kanzu (traditional Islamic hat and dress for men). The appliqué technique proved suitable to transfer those fine patterns onto bigger pieces of fabric. Saada Abdullah Suleiman and her mother taught themselves to create and realize various designs.
You might ask why has the building of a new town in Zanzibar been given a space in our blog? The amazing thing about this development is its serious attempts to enhance and not destroy the natural environment of the area – and for that reason it is something potentially of great importance, for other developers to see!
What happens to all the plastic waste that the workers of JMJV (Vikokotoni Environment Society) collect every morning? That’s what we were about to find out, when we jumped on the loading area of JMJV’s small pickup truck for today’s trip to a nearby plastic shredding plant.