Zanzibar: The Seaweed collectors of Jambiani

Zanzibar: The Seaweed collectors of Jambiani

Jambiani is a small, laid back village on the South East Coast of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.

Unlike other parts of the Island, tourism is more low key here, with a few guest houses and small resorts aimed at independent travellers rather than the package tourists who flock to some of the large resorts.

At certain times of the year, the white sands of the village disappear beneath large piles of sea weed. An inconvenience to tourists wanting to laze on the sands , but sea weed is a vital part of the village economy.

The work is mostly carried out by the women, like the two brightly dressed ladies in the picture. Using a system of pegs and ropes, seaweed cuttings are attached to the strings, and in the shallow clear water, beneath a hot African sun, the crop grows quickly. It can be harvested after 2 weeks and is then laid in the village to dry, before being exported to Europe and Asia for use in herbal medicines and cosmetics.


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