Ali Lamu This is the story of Ali Lamu. It’s a love story...
One day in 2008 a Kenyan fisherman walked into the workshop of a Swiss artist who was mending a broken heart and asked for a job. The artist didn’t have a job for the fisherman, but she did have a need for some old tanga, which means ship’s sail in Swahili. She regarded tanga as a piece of art designed by the years spent exposed to the wind, rain, sun and salt of the Indian Ocean ...read more
Aspiga Put yourself in her shoes...
It’s 2005. You’re Lucy Macnamara and you’re on holiday in Kenya. You’ve fallen in love with the country, the people, and most of all, the stunning leather sandals and other accessories you’ve discovered. The style. The quality. The craftsmanship. You’ve paid much more for far less in the trendiest shoppes. The beadwork on a pair of sandals takes three hours; on a belt it takes an entire day ...read more
Francesca Torri Soldini Leave it to the Italians to help spark a renaissance…
In 2006, designer Francesca Torri Soldini and her students at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan embarked on a radical journey with Swiss Conservationist Tati Oliver and the Maasai women of Mkuru. Together, with Istituto Oikos and Oikos East Africa, they initiated the Maasai Women Art project to create business and education opportunities for the talented jewelry makers of Tanzania. Two short years later ...read more
Sanjan Photography 10,000 words wouldn’t do them justice ...
When it comes to stunning photography, who is behind the camera is just as important as what is in front of it. Such is the case with the photography of Paul Oliver who, along with Daniela Bateleur and Gian Schachenmann has pooled their creative talents under the banner of Sanjan Tanzania. Sanjan means ‘sweetheart’ in ...read more