Thursday, July 4, 2024

What Did I Buy in The Gambia

I bought a lot in The Gambia. I honestly did not expect I would buy so much. On my last work trip to Ethiopia, I had no time for shopping, bought one scarf, and some overpriced souvenirs in the airport (that were probably made in China), and all of it fit easily in a carry-on. For this trip, I overindulged in the local markets. Maybe it's because there was so much good stuff that was locally made, and maybe it's because we had more time to shop. Anyways, this was a really great spending trip for me.

 

Hand woven baskets, mostly produced in Senegal, in three sizes

Hand painted magnets, for teacher gifts at my daughter's school

Jewelry for my daughter, of course

Two different dresses for my daughter

Locally woven plaid fabric, which I plan to use for my next collection

Fula fabric, woven by the Fula tribe in the Gambia, identifiable for its neon colors

On the left, a fan which came in hand on hot days in the village, and on the right, a hand drum for my daughter

What Did I Buy in The Gambia

I bought a lot in The Gambia. I honestly did not expect I would buy so much. On my last work trip to Ethiopia, I had no time for shopping, b...