A group of over 20 women sit in the dappled shade of a baobab tree.
Singing and laughing, the talented artisans don’t even look down at their hands as they skim over the dried sisal grass, weaving it together effortlessly.
Each basket can take up to 5 days to complete. But hours have gone in even before the weaving begins – the grass has been dried for over 3 weeks and then died carefully by hand in large cooking pots using dies from plants and vegetables.
The women – many of who have babies strapped to their back, or curled up next to them – talk about their children, their farming businesses or about nothing at all.
Even in the dappled shade, the bright colours that they wear are vibrant against the rust coloured earth.
Their way of life is defined by the Bantu word ‘harambee’. Quite literally, it means ‘pull together’ - mutual assistance, mutual effort, mutual responsibility and community self-reliance.
So the African proverb goes – if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Let’s go far ♥