Climate Catastrophe

September 28, 2019

DadaZanzibar works up on the Matemwe ridge in regenerative agriculture following permaculture principles. We are learning to adept to the challenge of climate catastrophe, develop strategies for foodsecurity once the beach dwellers will have to relocate.

@UtupoaUpepo wrote:
“This Zanzibar community will be among the first to pay for the polluting profligacy of other nations. Homes will be uprooted, fish stocks depleted and entire ecosystems collapsing. No words can can describe the injustice.”…/climate-change-oceans-united-nati…


DADAZanzibar Report 2017

July 29, 2018

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DADAZanzibar Report 2017

Cooking with Dada

July 16, 2018

Pintsize Explorers had a great cooking experience with Dada Zanzibar. Thank you for the review.

“… During our time in Zanzibar we spent a few nights in Matemwe, where we took part in the Dada cooking class. Classes are guided by the women from Matemwe village, and are held at 11:00 and 14:00 every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Thankfully the folks at Dada were super flexible and made an exception for us as we were only in town for a few nights! Ace! …”

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UKILI – The Art of Plaiting in Zanzibar

February 27, 2018
published 2006
written by Antje Förstle, founder of  DADA Zanzibar and MOTO Zanzibar
” This book is the result of several years effort
developing skills for products from a typical
Zanzibari craft aimed at an international high
These efforts match with the long-term
vision of the Department of Commercial Crops,
Fruits and Forestry (DCCFF) and that of MOTO
Cooperatives Network, which seek balancing
the need for poverty reduction at household level
and the sustainable utilisation of the natural resources.
Using materials illustrated in this book
MOTO has reaffirmed how the Wild Date Palm
(Phoenix reclinata) can best be used to produce
an environmentally friendly craft, the ukili,
particularly when prepared using solar energy.
Through these and the mobilisation of women
groups by DCCFFa large number of households
around Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park
are now benefiting from the increasing demand
of the ukili products in Zanzibar Stone Town
and overseas.
woman plaiting gombe zugu
Apparently, there is very little reference to this
craft, and the realisation of this book is the
testimony to the wealth of skills among the
women of Zanzibar.
Undoubtedly, the book shall provide
a good reference to some of the superb
plaiting patterns, which otherwise were consid-
ered non-existing in the coastal areas of Tanzania.
Over the last five years I have witnessed the
improvement of ukili products and designs to
which the author of this book, Antje Förstle,
has put personal initiatives. I would like to take
this opportunity to express my gratitude to her.
Now that the finest ukili patterns of the
Tanzanian coast have been documented, let’s
make the best use of it! “
Director– Department of Commercial Crops,
Fruits and Forestry, Zanzibar.
snake mat Znz head
old men baraza jamvi
kilindoni duka Halima Makame
car repair kikapu on head
women plaiting on cupboard
woman mkoba Chwaka
” … By sponsoring this book ‘Ukili Plaiting in
Zanzibar’ the Embassy has broken new ground:
that of documenting a threatened cultural
The decision to support Antje Förstle’s
project idea was easy, thanks to her convincing
concept and catching enthusiasm. During
her research, it quickly became obvious that
a preoccupation with the ‘ukili’ plaiting craft
of the Swahili, which is in danger of being lost,
can last years and that the findings can fill
volumes, especially as ‘ukili’ has barely been
documented up to-date.
Antje mat museum
With this book, you hold the results of a year’s
committed research combined with numerous
journeys along the Tanzanian Swahili coast
and to the islands of Unguja, Pemba and Mafia,
as well as visits to the museum archives and
libraries in Munich and London.
May the book awaken in you the wish to experience for
yourself the ‘ukili’ diversity of colours and patterns
in Tanzania. By purchasing this book, you have
already rendered a contribution to the conservation
of this craft as the entire proceeds will go
towards the conservation and continued mediation
of old plaiting techniques, which are unfortunately
threatened by extinction.”
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
Dar es Salaam

The book ‘UKILI Plaiting in Zanzibar’ is available at the MOTO and DADA shop, Hurumzi Street 416, Stonetown, Zanzibar

Interested? But not in Zanzibar? Please send a mail to:

5 stars for Mama Matemwe

January 7, 2018

Thank you Maria!

DADA network: energy efficient stoves

October 25, 2017

DadaZanzibar Clay Stove

Come and cook with DADA

August 14, 2017

Visit us and experience Zanzibar cooking culture in Matemwe hands-on!
Come and Cook with us!

Guided and supervised by women from Matemwe village, you can join the Dada cooperatives and get active! You can learn to cook a traditional Zanzibar sauce based on tomato, cassava leaves and freshly grated coconut, or prepare baobab fruits growing on magnificent trees on the Matemwe ridge and turn them into delicious and healthy baobab jam.  Additionally, you can make date balls (coconut or baobab), or banana crisps.
After cooking and packaging you can take home your own products.
One group at a time should not exceed 6 people.
Cooking time: 11 am to 2 pm
Visits and participation by appointment only.
+255 (0) 773 86 99 04

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welcome to the jungle …

August 26, 2016

It’s a permaculture jungle out there …
Dada in Matemwe, Zanzibar.
Fatma, Dada’s site-manageress, boils water on a solar cooker. (SK-14)


ukili beach-hats

August 17, 2016

Good morning from Dada Zanzibar –
In the making: Bi Zena’s beautiful ukili hats


TODAY at DADA: soap cleaning&packaging

August 9, 2016


This rich soap gently cleans and nourishes all skin types with a concoction of olive, sunflower, macadamia, coconut and sweet almond oil. Natural eucalyptus essential oil, fresh organic neem leaves and salt from the Zanzibar coasts uplift and protect the skin while coffee beans have a stimulating effect.


bi-hayeshi-soap-cleaning2 clove-soap



This creamy soap gently cleans and remoisturizes all skin types with vitamin E rich sunflower and sweet almond oil. The combination of cinnamon powder and natural sea sand with exfoliating and uplifting natural clove and natural cinnamon essential oil have a revitalizing effect on tired skin.