Batik by the Crazies

– The crazies are out of the hospital.

That’s what Upendo – expert batik maker in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam – said about our “freestyle” techniques of applying wax by hand in various imaginative ways, patterns and layers, as she taught me and Polish artist Ewa Kolkuska about her craft.  We experimented for two long days with sponge stamps, brushes and dyes. The collaboration was great fun and the process enchanting since we could never predict what the pieces would look like when the wax came off.

Back in Nairobi we now begin  creating a new line from our own batik.  Let’s see what we make of these.

Photo: Lars Johansson

Makatube Island

Yesterday we went to Makatube Island just outside Dar es Salaam with our latest clutch bags/tablet sleeves/pouches.


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Makatube Island trips can be organised by Kudura Mgeni. Photos by Lars

Blackfly in Zanzibar

A couple of days in Stonetown and at the very nice Shooting Star Lodge in Kiwengwa in Zanzibar.

Bow tie or not

These shoes… I can’t make up my mind, should they have the  bow tie or not? What do you think?

 

 

Peace and quiet at Maweni Farm

Short holiday at Maweni Farm,  an infinitely peaceful and  beautiful  hideout  in Tanzania, just half an hour drive up into the Usambara Mountains from Mombo on the  Nairobi-Dar highway.

I brought some re-designed clutch bags and a new prototype shoe.

Maweni Farm staff member Asha modeled.

Here is the new clutch bag design. Cleaner, with brass reinforcement corners.