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Framers in Sea Weed/
I went to Zanzibar,East Africa to photograph the women who are known as the Sea Weed Farmers. Seaweed has become most popular and used in many things, such as bars of soap, toothpaste, scrubs, and wonderful shampoo.
These women are from villages, who after taking care of all there responsibilities at home, cooking, cleaning, tending to the needs of there family. leave at dust, to head to the ocean at low tide to cultivate there sea weed harvest. They also have prayers 5 times a day, so it is a very full day. But by doing this, they can make between 1 and 2 dollars a day extra. This means there children can go to school, they can buy clothing and uniforms, and even saving to buy property. It gives them a opportunity to become independent. Before this came about, women did not venture out of their homes much. Maybe to a wedding, or someone who was sick, but not a every day occurrence. So you can see how important this living means to them. It has changed the balance of power, given independence to many women.
They go into the ocean when it is low tide, and that means for miles out there is nothing but white white sand and small tide pools. It is truly such a beautiful site to see. I myself have never come across anything quite like this, and my eyes were captivated. I wanted to take in there entire story of what it takes to do this. They harvest, and when ready they bundle and take to hand and dry.. When you watch this, it reminds me of when I saw slaves picking cotton in movies when I was a child. Hard work, sun blazing on ones skin with the salt water baking in. They sit in the low tide pools to do this, wrapped in there colorful attire and heads covered. So many different beautiful colors of fabrics and prints.
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