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Tanzanian Visual Artist Happy Chikoyo Robert Capturing the Essence of Womanhood

While browsing LinkedIn I came across a post highlighting the work of Happy Chikoyo Robert, a Tanzanian female visual artist. Happy who lives and works in Dar es salaam was born in Songe, the southern part of Tanzania. Her interest in art began early in her life by working with beads and creating drawings. Her work focuses on capturing the female form and essence; and expressing their feelings and beauty. An emerging artist hailed as one to watch. Happy is quietly building a name for herself developing her art skills and experience under the mentorship of fellow Tanzanian artist Haji […]

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Accessories: Doreen Mashika’s Capsule Collection for eBay Germany

Doreen Mashika for eBay Germany [Tanzania] [Image credit: Beaded Bracelet – Doreen Mashika for eBay Germany] Some weeks back I did a feature on Kenyan jewellery designer, Gladys Macharia’s collaboration with Urbanara, as one of three winners of the Kenya-based ‘African Designers for Tomorrow‘ award. Another winner of competition was Doreen Mashika, who today as part of the award sees the launch of her covetable capsule collection, Doreen Mashika for eBay, Germany, produced in collaboration with online platform.

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Jewellery: Contemporary Jewelry, Traditional Craft

Sidai Designs [Tanzania] Meaning ‘good’ in Maa, the language of the Maasai, ‘Sidai’ is the name given to a business that is infusing traditional beading with modern aesthetics, after being inspired by a visit to Arusha, in Northern Tanzania. Sidai Designs was founded by, Eszter Rabin, a graphic designer turned artisan entrepreneur living in California, and Emanuel Melubo Laizer, a Maasai Warrior from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Northern Tanzania. Discovering a mutual interest in working with underserved communities, Emanuel and Eszter joined forces in 2009 to share ideas, and after several visits to Maasai communities launched Sidai Designs in […]

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Jewellery: Uru Diamonds

Uru Diamonds [Tanzania] [Image credit: Uru Diamonds] It is no secret the Continent is blessed with diamonds that are coveted the world over, and harnessing this mineral wealth should come with social responsibilities. However, as we all know this is not always the case, especially when it comes to conflict-free diamonds. Uru Diamonds is a Tanzanian company that works with conflict-free diamonds and precious stones, to produce contemporary jewellery collections. The company name ‘Uru’ comes from a very old Swahili term describing a powerful essence; used here to invoke the days of ancient African Kings and Queens where diamonds were […]

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Travel: Singita Mara Rivier Tented Camp Ushers in a New Safari Chic Aesthetic

Singita – Mara River Tented Camp [Tanzania] [Image credit/source: Mara Tented River Camp – Singita]   Luxury game reserve specialist, Singita are introducing a new camp to their safari camp and lodges portfolio. The Singita Mara River Tented camp will be in Tanzania, located in the remote Lamai Triangle region, the northernmost tip of the Serengeti National Park. In keeping with the laidback luxury style of their other properties in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, see the Singita Pamushana Lodge featured here, preview pictures of the new camp reveal a refreshing, modern take on the safari chic aesthetic. What I like most about this […]

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Decor: Shanga Contemporary Hurricane Lamps

Shanga [Tanzania] [Image credit: Hurricane Lantern – Shanga] Hurricane Lamps can be both decorative and functional when used as part of contemporary interior decor accents, especially when it comes to outdoor use, where the subdued light emitted is ideal for evenings spent on the verandah on a warm summers night and with some styles allowing for the insertion of mosquito, repellant oils comes the added bonus of helping to keep the bugs at bay. Hurricane lamps were adapted from oil lamps used by sailors and comprise a glass chimney with a perforated metal lid that lets air escape whilst protecting […]

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Jewellery: Mikuti Beaded Bangles Inspired by the Maasai

Mikuti [Tanzania] [Image credit: Musa Bangle – Mikuti] Get a glimpse into a vibrant part of Tanzanian culture with these gorgeously colourful bangles from Mikuti; a socially active company founded by US-based Erika Freund, who after spending time in the country as a volunteer set up the business to produce simple yet striking jewellery designs in partnership with various artists, individuals and workshops in Tanzania. Inspired by the colourful and distinctive Maasai jewellery and beaded adornment, the ‘Musa Bangles’ are hand-cut and shaped into a circle of polished aluminium that comes from an airplane wing and is accentuated with two colourful swathes of […]

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Art: The Wonder Welders of Tanzania

Wonder Welders [Tanzania] [Image credit: Large Flamingo – Wonder Welders] Invite the African wildlife into your living space with these striking metal sculptures from Wonder Welders; a social enterprise based in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. Wonder Welders was formed in 2004 when a group of adults afflicted with polio came together and established a welder’s workshop with support from a local charity, Blue Mango Photography, along with donations of scrap metal from local businesses. After receiving initial training from a local welding expert the members soon began creating a range of objects including wildlife, birds and boats sold to the local market.

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Fashion: ASOS Africa Produced by SOKO Kenya

ASOS Africa/SOKO Kenya [Kenya/Tanzania] [Image credit: The Green Room – ASOS Africa] The Green Room is fashion retail giant ASOS’s platform for brands with a story to tell – those with a social or environmental ethos and includes ASOS Africa, ASOS.com own brand creations, People Tree, Swedish Hasbeens and designer collaborations. Now in its third season the latest collection from ASOS Africa defines laidback style in a softer palette of neutral tones and warm rich colours, and is a departure from the signature bold prints and colours used in previous collections. Made from linens and hand-woven fabrics with flashes of Kitenge fabric from Tanzania, the collection […]

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Fashion: Chichia London Eye-Catching Prints and Feminine Designs

Chichia [Tanzania] [Image credit: SS 2010 – Chichia London] Pattern and texture collide, through the colourful eye-catching prints that make up Chichia London’s pretty and youthful collections. I just love the imagery of the ‘Made in Dar‘ Spring/Summer 2010 collection shown here… they give a beautiful vintage feel to the clothing. The Chichia London label was established in 2007 by London-based designer, Christine Mhando. Having grown up in London, Christine’s collections pay homage to her birthplace; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania through the use of the ‘Khanga’ print, a signature staple of her designs that appears across tops, dresses, skirts and other items […]

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Travel: The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Crater [Tanzania] [Image credit: Tanzania Odyssey] Drift lazily high above the Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon, getting a spectacular birds-eye view of natural breathtaking phenomenon like the must-see wildebeest migration. Then once you land, sit down to a full breakfast set-up under the shade of an Umbrella tree amid the peaceful surroundings of the Serengeti plains. Just one of the many memorable experiences to be enjoyed in the Serengeti National Park within whose eastern border you will find the Ngorongoro Crater, the remains of a massive volcano nearly three million years old and a World Heritage Site.

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