Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
They have showcased their works for former US President Barrack Obama.
Prince Fuhimoto of Japan, Prince Charles of Great Britain & Former US President George W. Bush all visited their workshop and met with the special artisans behind their beautiful works. It’s about time you go and find out what make this place a wonderful place for art lovers and one-of-a-kind-gift seekers….
Wonder Workshop :
While you are on your travel in Tanzania, you will be looking for famous Tanzanian hand made souvenirs to shop and take back home. And of course there are numerous shops and markets you can choose right across the country to do that …
But we highly recommend this place called ‘Wonder Workshop’ in the beautiful Oceanside city “Dar es Salaam” for all your gift shopping . First of all, handmade arts and crafts at Womder Workshop are of the highest quality, all are very unique and they offer wide varieties of gifts to shop from …
But by shopping there, you would also be helping to preserve our environment as they only use recycled materials … Not only that, you will be helping the unfortunate men and women too as the artisans behind beautiful artworks are people living with physical disability …
So if you are visiting or passing through Dar es Salaam, and your local guide or driver didn’t know or forget to suggest, remind yourself to stop there because that would be the stop totally worth making ….
* Founded back in 2005 as ‘Wonder Welders’ by photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks (Bule Mango Photography) Tanzanians living with a physical disability were offered an alternative to begging on the streets to be trained for a job recycling scrap metal into world class arts.
* With the help of volunteers from all over the world and money raised by selling their products, the project grew and became NGO that train disabled Tanzanians and turn them into talented artists who now making their living by working for Wonder Workshop & workshops around the country.
* Although started with just three trainees making welded art, they now employ over 30, mostly disabled men and women.
* Produce recycled art, sun-dried paper, wooden toys, small wooden trees, soaps, hand made postcards, glassware, jewellery, beads accessories, sculptures, candles, stationery and many many more.
* You can also commission art works and send them back home.
* The materials they use in making products above are scrap metal, old car parts, recycled paper, reclaimed woods, old bottles, window panes and other waste materials.
* Use natural moisturizing oils such as coconut oil & macadamia oil to produce soaps and candles.
- Open Monday – Friday 8.30am 6pm : Saturday 10am to 6pm
- Close on Sunday
- From Monday to Friday, you can also meet the artists and see them at work.
- You can buy theirs works from the shop on the grounds inside the premise.
- Can preview their arts at hotels around the city and will see three roundabouts being decorated by their beautiful works as you go through the city.
- Taxis to the workshop are very cheap and driver patiently wait for you while you look around and shop.
- Address : Plot 1372 Karume Road, Oysterbay, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Facebook Page of Wonder Workshop