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ifakara women weavers

the ifakara women weavers project was started in 1983, by a danish ngo, to help poor female school leavers from the kilombero and ulanga districts of southern tanzania to establish sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families. in 1993 the project became a workers cooperative, the ifakara women weavers association (iwwa), owned and governed by the women who are its members. the women benefit and share the profits they make amongst themselves.

ifakara women weavers association

location - tanzania
materials - organic cotton
craft - loom weaving




"owned and governed by the women who are its members and share the profits they make amongst themselves"


celebrating traditional crafts

iwwa has a training school for weavers, a loom production unit to build the essential equipment, a dying unit to produce the dye for the yarn, and a shop where the finished products are sold.


the weaving process varies from design but it involves using your arms and feet to operate the loom, and your fingers to work on the delicate details of the designs.


discover our ifakara women weavers collection

source pictures: (1)(2)(3)(4), source video: (5), source information (6)(7). illustrations made by yvonne rausch.

more about the material organic cotton & how to take care of their products.

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