Saturday, June 22, 2013

''UJAMAA" Makonde Ebony Carving

Hi, today i want to talk about an ebony carving called "Ujamaa", some people refer to it as the "Family Tree".
First of all what is "Ujamaa"? It is a Swahili word which means extended family or family hood. I prefer to refer to it as communal living.
Makonde Ebony carvers just like artist, they communicate or tell a story through what they are carving.
Now as we look at the "Ujamaa" carving it tells us about village life and the various activities performed by the villagers.
On the onset of Arusha Declaration Policy in Tanzania early 1967, Makonde carvers started to carve carvings which will motivate people to live in the village so as to go along with the Government
policy. Likewise musician, Poets, performers and so forth. The joint efforts in conjunction with the Government bear ed fruits, villages were established.

Ujamaa Ebony carving

Now as we look at the carving we see many people entwined together. Here the carver want to tell us that these people are united, there is peace, work together, live harmoniously together (people from various tribe, ethics and religion) in the same area (village), speak a common language (Swahili), love one another, they are all equal(no gender issues), They are Organized and so forth. By looking at it you can add many more additions.
And if we look closely, we will see each individual holding something on his / her hand and carrying  something on the head. These reflects the various activities performed in the village. For instance on the carving we can see a man holding an axe, it implies he is going to chop logs for firewood or cut a log for carving work. Here he is seen as an individual, but in reality, a day is set aside where all men in the village perform this activity collectively, likewise other activities.
So from the carving you can be able to depict the life style of the Makonde people, in those days. So an Ujamaa carving is History which is in perpetual growth.
We have  stock of Ujamaa carvings in our shop, Sanaa Zetu. You are most welcome. customer satisfaction is our motto.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kanga the mostly used clothing in Tanzania

commonly used kanga wrap at home

Attending Occasions
Attending Occasions

As a headscarf

 So you can imagine the total number of kangas in our homesteads. Kanga is sold as a pair called "Doti".

Guinea fowl (Kanga)
Guinea fowl feather

So let us look at what makes the kanga to be a so special clothing to our women folks.
Kanga is the Swahili name of bird called Guinea fowl. And that is where the clothing got its name.
Designers were inspired by the dotted patten on the Guinea fowl s feathers.
A kanga is rectangular in shape and measures 110cm by 150cm. It has brilliant print and a swahili saying on it, which is enclosed with a border all around it.
Kanga  production started in early 1950 s in India and China and brought to East African coast by trade merchants.So you see it was initially worn by coastal people and Zanzibar Island. And then spread inwards into the mainland as it grew in popularity. In the mid of 1960 s kanga production started in Tanzania.
When you are talking of its quality, it varies from country to country. As for Tanzanian Kangas is made from 100% of pure cotton cloth.

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work hard in fabricating a gossip it does not bother me

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You are most welcome to visit our shop Sanaa Zetu, for  your Kanga and other needs. customer satisfaction is our motto.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Maasai Blanket ''LUBEGA"

The Maasai  are amongst the few tribes in Tanzania who are still adhering to their culture. And their famous for that. This people are herders of cattle (nomads),  so they  move from one place to another in search of good pasture and water for their cattle. It is a tradition of Maasai men  to wear colourful outfit  known as "lubega" in Kiswahili or popularly known as Maasai blanket. This piece of cloth they just simply fling it around their bodies. And to hold it in place they use to tie it into a knot near the shoulder area, with belt  support  around their waist. The belt also carries the "sime" (Maasai sword) and a club. The Maasai warrior plait their hair in a very unique style of their own, also put on "lukaria",a special red soil all over their bodies. For a complete attire dress up they elongate the lobes of their ears by making big holes on them, carry a shield, a spear and put on sandals made from old used car tyres. When fully dressed up they attract a lot of attention to passer by. Tourist love to take a photograph with them. Now a days we see man from other tribes also flinging the Maasai blanket around their bodies to keep them warm during cold season.
The Maasai cuture is very rich, to write about it, you are talking of writting a book of many pages.

Maasai wariors getting organised just before perfoming their traditional
Maasai dance

People from other tribes wearing Maasai attire

The Maasai blanket is available in a wide variety of colour mix. Below  you can see some of the varieties. The blanket can also be used as a table cloth, curtain,  car cushions, sofa upholstery etc.

 At  our Shop Sanaa Zetu we have a wide variety of Maasai blankets.You are most welcome. We are based in Moshi Municipality, Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. Customer satisfaction is our motto.

                                                             KARIBU SANA

Sunday, June 2, 2013

ladies colourful beaded leather sandals

Ladies colourful beaded leather sandals are worn by most urban Tanzanian women as a casual wear. They like wearing the sandals because it make them stand out,look presentable and also easy to put on. The women when shopping for them they  always mix Kiswahili and English to describe what they are looking for. They go like this " Natafuta sandals za shanga" ( i am looking for beaded sandals)  or sometimes they ask " Una sandals za culture?"(do you have cultural sandals?)

Above sandal beads designs are just a few amongst the many designs we have at our shop. This sandals are also found in other shops and stalls  in the streets of Moshi Municipality. So here it  up to the needs of the customer if  she is looking for  cheap sandals but  poor quality or sandals money worth and good quality.  At Sanaa Zetu  we sell quality products and customer satisfaction is our motto. You are most welcome to visit our shop. Which is in Moshi,Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania.