Currently sold out - we hope to have more in February 2019.
All aprons are handmade in Kigoma, Tanzania and sized to fit most adults. Each apron is unique and we currently only have one of each design in stock. Please ensure that the color/pattern you choose corresponds with the product shown when using the drop-down menu above.
This was the second product commissioned by Tentmakers Together. For this product we went to the Masanga area of Kigoma to see a friend of ours named Mama Difine. We brought some traditional fabric to her and asked if she could make an apron from it using a pattern we had. She laughed at us and asked why we would cut up our fabric to make it look like that. Nevertheless, she made the aprons and asked that we report back if anyone actually bought them. I'm happy to report that people love them, and her work will continue.
A little more background:
We met Mama Difine years ago when she offered to host outdoor Bible studies at her house. We would meet there every week, along with members from Masanga Baptist Church, to sing hymns and study God's Word. The reason we met outdoors was so that neighbors and anyone who was curious could come and participate, and we often saw people enter into neighboring homes where they could listen without being seen (there is a sizeable Muslim population in the area).
Mama Difine did not just pay lip service to her faith. She was ready to help and serve anyone who was in need. This was never on display more so than when her neighbor died during childbirth and she adopted the baby even though she could barely care for her own family. We asked her how she would manage with the struggles of caring for her own kids, including having a new baby of her own. She simply answered that God would provide. Shortly after this happened, an older neighbor brought her a sewing machine and she taught herself how to sew. Now she makes clothes for her community and a few aprons for us.
Tentmakers Together purchases products directly from the artisans, providing economic opportunities in one of the poorest and most remote regions of Tanzania.