The Art of Beading and Crafting

Day Trips & Excursions in Dar es Salaam

Image by viator

Tour description provided by Viator

Enjoy learning the traditional craft of beading in Tanzania and meet one of the artisans in residence at Mtoko, Mama Selena.  Join your coordinator and learn how traditional materials are being used to inform the modern day art scene in Tanzania. Make your own personalized key ring with materials that include brightly colored kitenge fabric and recycled canvas/leather from Bush planes. A key ring and beaded bracelet can be taken with you at the end of the experience. Lounge in one of the outside day beds and enjoy unlimited snacks, soft beverages, wifi, printing, as well as a locked area for luggage. Pickups and drop offs are available at the Pugu Secondary bus stop. While the length of time for this experience is 1 hour, an average recommended time for a visit at Karakana is 2-6 hours and can be booked from 7am to 5PM.  Each experience is capped is 10 people for the day (from 7AM to 5PM) & goes to support youth and people affected by stigma in Tanzania. 
Enjoy wifi, unlimited soft drinks, snacks and a complimentary pick up at the Pugu Secondary School Bus Stop. Once you arrive at Karakana for the beading and crafting experience, you will be greeted with a welcome drink and cool cloth to refresh.You will then meet your host and be guided on the cultural significance of beading in Tanzania. Next, try out the traditional method of beading, while selecting a pattern of beads to take home. Each pattern created has a cultural meaning and your host will walk you through the meaning behind each pattern. After beading, your host will take you to a display of upcycled materials (such as kitenge fabric and local leather) and you will explore how these materials are transforming the modern arts scene in Tanzania. You will then get a chance to make your own personalized key chain from the recycled materials. After the class is finished, enjoy either a continental or Swahili meal and explore the curated selection of handicrafts from artisans across Tanzania. You are welcome to relax on the outside baraza (lounge area), or to enjoy a day bed or a drink at the tanga stone bar. Your experience will end with a drop off at the Pugu Secondary School Bus Stop, with a postcard connecting you to the community partners your experience supports.

What’s included

  • Unlimited Variety of East African Coffee and Tea Selection + Soft Beverages (Water, Sparking Water, Soda, Local Juice)
  • Wifi
  • On Site Coordinator
  • Locked Area for Luggage
  • Printing Service Available
  • 20 Minute Calling to US, Canada, UK and China
  • Gratuities and Tax
  • Child related/care available upon request
  • Shower available if interested (located at main house next to Karakana)
  • All day snacks
  • Donation to Mtoko’s community support programs
  • Continental or Swahili Meal
  • Pickup and Drop off at Pugu Secondary School Bus Stand
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea

What’s not included

  • Handicrafts Purchased
  • Alcohol