East African Women's Handicrafts
Visitors to the World Forum of Cultures in Barcelona will have a unique opportunity to see some of Africa's most colourful, interesting and intricate handicrafts – and have the opportunity to browse, see how they are made, and buy items that take their fancy.
UN-HABITAT and the organisers in Barcelona are bringing women from 10 handicraft groups in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with their materials to make and sell a whole range of interesting crafts ranging from textiles and basketry, to jewelry, ceramics and pottery, musical instruments, wood and soapstone carvings, and even toys and decorations.
They will be at hand in kiosks to show how they make these items, many of which symbolise power, peace, fertility, prosperity, love, success, luck, unity, marriage, grace and tranquility. And anyone buying an item will directly help these women and their extended families at home in a world far poorer, and tougher than many in Europe today can imagine.
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