Tribal Textiles, Zambia

On our second full day in Zambia, we stopped at Tribal Textiles to get a tour of their workshop. They produce textiles that are all hand-painted by local people. The designs are truly beautiful.

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We were explained the entire process: the artists first use a kind of starch to draw designs on fabric. The designs are all beautiful traditional as well as modern designs, inspired by Zambian nature.

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The fabric is then air-dried until the starch has hardened.

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Once it is dry, it is painted it in all kinds of wonderful colours.

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Their colour combinations are what did the trick to me. Just look at all those wonderful shades of blue…

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Once the colours are dried, they remove the starch and are left with beautifully patterned textiles.

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Next to the workshop, there’s the shop selling the finished products: from tablecloths to pillow cases and much more. It is well worth checking out their website for more. I didn’t want to take too many pictures of the finished products and recommend you look at their own gallery for that.

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Those are the kind of souvenirs that I like getting. They are so unique, and although they might be slightly more pricey, they are much nicer than mass-produced keychains.

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