This beautiful apron was handcrafted in Tanzania by women in Iringa. The apron is crafted using traditional methods and traditional Kitenge fabric. The apron was purchased in person, for a fair price, then brought to the US to sell.
Kitenge is an East African cotton fabric printed in various colors and distinctive patterns. It has its origin from Kiswahili kitengele. This vibrant cotton fabric is wax printed, using rotary printing machines. Most often it’s a multicolored, dark wax print on a lighter background. The printing on the cloth is done by a traditional batik technique.
The women who created this handicraft are part of a project called Mama Dunia, under Live Dunia, which aims to support women throughout the world. Mama Dunia aims to work with Women's co-ops in Tanzania to support their livelihood by purchasing and selling their handicrafts for fair prices.
These aprons offer adjustable lengths. The fabric used for around the neck can be adjusted by pulling on the loose fabric to tie around this body. This allows the apron to fit all sizes comfortably.