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July 5th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Fabric From Tanzania

in: Sewing

One of my friends runs a not-for-profit, Reneal International Education Outreach. In the Philippines, they have been working with local schools on their computers and networks. It’s rather incredible what they have been able to create, especially considering their limited resources. The schools in the Philippines also have programs in sewing, and after another of my friends kept dropping hints about how she donates her leftover crafts & fabric, I decided to hit up BABES for donations. It’s a lot easier to give up our little treasures when we know where they are going. The schools are not able to supply the kids with fabric or notions. So we feel good about giving our fabric, and from the pictures and a couple of items that have come back to us, we’ve learned that they are magical sewists, able to create incredible items.

That’s the Philippines. Reneal is also active Tanzania. I went to a slide show on their work and life in Tanzania, and my greedy sewing heart started to covet some of the fabrics I saw in the slide show. I need more fabric like I need hair down to my waist, but still, I covet it. I mentioned this to Rene (1/2 of Reneal, the other 1/2 is Neal … get it?), and she brings me a bag of her “fabrics” from Tanzania. She had a couple of wool Maasai capes. Shúkà, I think, is the name for them. And she had several kanga, a sarong type wrap skirt. The kanga are in cotton, and one is nylon (I think; I didn’t burn a thread).

I have to give them back, but I covet them. :)

The kanga are about 40 inches by 60 inches.


This one is a purple, not navy.


This one is my favorite.


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