Mei 18, 2021
Dakika 2. Soma

Mbingu kwa Wasichana wa Nyenzo

Vitambaa vyema kwa kila ladha: Chaguo kubwa zaidi na bei bora zaidi mjini hutoka Suma, duka la karibu ambalo si rahisi kupata kwenye ghorofa tatu huko Darajani.

Vitambaa vilivyochapwa kwa rangi nzito na nguo zinazotiririka - ingawa wengi wa wanawake wa Kizanzibari hujifunika kulingana na mila za Kiislamu, wanafanya kwa mtindo wao wenyewe, wa rangi na mkali. Watalii pia wanavutiwa na vitambaa vya Kiafrika, na hakuna mahali pazuri pa kuvinunua kuliko "Suma" karibu na soko la Darajani, himaya ya vitambaa, vilivyojaa paa na pamba, kitani, hariri na nyenzo nyingine yoyote unayofikiri.

Ni duka moja ambalo linaonekana na kila mtu anajua - hata hivyo, kwa mgeni si rahisi kupata: hakuna jina barabarani la kukuelekeza, hakuna ishara ya duka, hakuna dirisha la duka. "Wateja wapya wanagundua vipi?", Ninamuuliza Mohammed Hussein, mmiliki na meneja. Yeye ni muungwana mwenye fadhili, mwenye shughuli nyingi ambaye anatawala juu ya kiasi kisichofikiriwa cha vitambaa. "Uliza tu", anajibu kwa upole. Bila shaka, nilipaswa kukisia hilo. 

Duka la Suma General Store ni la Darajani kwa zaidi ya miaka 30, wakati Mohammed Hussein alipochukua nafasi kutoka kwa baba yake. Kutoka la kuvutia kwa kitenge, from linen to polyester – on three floors you can browse, compare patterns, colours and fabric qualities, get inspired. Glittery or plain, heavy or fluffy, traditional, colourful or dotted … the choice is endless. „Many of the hotels are buying here, too“, Mohammed says, „bed sheets, table clothes, decoration.“ Also, a lot of uniforms are made of Suma fabrics. „And the most expensive material, what would that be?“ I ask. Mohammed leads me to some colourful lace  – selling at a mere TZS 7,500 (just about three dollars) per metre.

Ninapata kitani kizuri cha giza nyekundu, rangi yangu kabisa, lakini nimeambiwa kuwa kwenye vitambaa vya ghorofa ya tatu vinauzwa kwa rola tu. Ikiwa ninataka kununua mita chache tu, ni sakafu za chini. Huko ninapata kitani changu chekundu kwa furaha - bila shaka kabla sijapata kitenge kizuri kama zawadi kwa marafiki.

Fabrics, fabrics, fabrics – Suma is a hidden gem, a local favourite for buying material.
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