There was time for some fabric shopping (while my men when off to wait in a bar). Since I had a hell of a time trying to get some information about the best places to shop for fabric in Gaborone and came up totally blank, I'll post what I managed to find, in case any of you happen to find yourself in Gaborone with a free afternoon:
|My son picking some buttons, and wearing his Instant Dashiki I made last summer.|
Next up: Timba Trading, on the west side of the African Mall. This was another Indian owned shop, not as friendly as Matseleng, but with an even larger selection of shwe shwe, and a wider variety of cottons, rayons and synthetics.
They didn't really like me taking photos, so I did it surreptitiously. (And blurrily, apparently.) You can also see some kangas hanging from the ceiling; they were about 35-40P if I remember correctly.
|About 1/4 of their blue shwe shwe. They also had all the other colours too. Oooooo, so much shwe shwe....|
So here's the haul:
I also had a moment of weakness and picked up some non-traditional fabrics as well:
After leaving Botswana, we flew home via Cape Town so we could spend a few days in one of my favourite cities in the world. Seriously, can somebody offer me a job here for a year or two? I didn't do any fabric shopping in Cape Town because as it turns out, I have to go back in a few weeks to clear up some problems with the screening program there. (We half considered changing my return ticket so I could just stay there and do the work, but I had to get home to take care of some of my own research. And see my daughter who was having a hard time being parentless for two weeks and started biting everyone around her. Toddlers certainly know how to express their emotions, don't they?)
|Me and my son at the V&A waterfront, Cape Town, with Table mountain in the background. My Good Morning Starshine Tunic got quite a bit of wear (and a few compliments) on this trip!|