Tanzania in Fabrics

The fabrics of Tanzania are what give this place so much of its character.  They are so fundamental to life here, where a small rural town can support three or four tailors.  Fabrics covered in chickens, lions, fruits, lightbulbs, and beautiful abstract shapes in bright colors- they add color and texture to daily life.  Kanga and kitenge, both particular kinds of fabric, have become common words in our vocabulary.  We go to the tailor daily, and we talk about fabric constantly.  Is it a wax fabric?  Was it made in Dar or Morogoro?  Everybody knows the best fabrics come from Morogoro.  We go to the Sunday market in town and dig through piles of factory rejects, trying to get a good deal to make the next pair of pants, purse, or button-up.  I wanted to share some of these patterns here on my blog, as a little piece of daily life in Tanzania.

Until next time,


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