Meet the Artisans of Tanga Textiles

  • Tonga Textiles

    Founded by Zimbabwean-born artist, Jeremiah Makaza, this family run business has rapidly grown into a leading international exporter of Zimbabwean-made Sadza Batiks. Set in the heart of Tynwald Industrial Park in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tonga Textiles is comprised of a dedicated team of artisans.

    Through art, we believe we can make a positive difference in society. Tonga Textiles employs both men and women in the community. Through our training program, our artisans are empowered to work for themselves, thus alleviating poverty within the community. Tonga Textiles is a fair-trade company.

    Our values of sustainability practices, quality and teamwork are at the heart of all our work. Over the years, our products have evolved into contemporary pieces, showcasing the true essence of an African lifestyle. Our batiks are unique and every piece is authentic. The process is all hand-made and monitored to the very last detail. Our goal is to not only meet your expectations, but to also EXCEED them!

     


  • About Tanga Textiles

    Source: http://www.tongatextiles.com/

    Tonga Textiles is both a batik manufacturer and a fabric weaver located in the heart of Harare, Zimbabwe. We recently recently added a weaving facility to improve our supply chain by producing all fabric needed for our batiks inhouse. We also export materials such as barkweave, calico, and 100% cotton. Using porridge resist batik techniques, we create fair trade gifting products distributed worldwide.

    Our 'Green' practices?

    Sadza porridge is 100% natural, made from wheat or maize flour. After the drying process, it is scraped off and recycled for gardening purposes. Natural products such as Zimbabwean grown teas are used to dye the fabrics. Bio-degradable paints are used during the painting process = no health hazards for the workers. All products are sourced locally, thus promoting local industry.

    Our employees are at the heart of Tonga Textiles, even beyond the factory operations! We provide transportation and housing incentives for every team member.​

    Environmentally Responsible, Safe, and Sustainable Work Condition

    Throughout the production process, Tonga Textiles has taken measures to ensure that environmentally friendly processes are maintained. We focus on creating safe work conditions for our team. We also train and promote craftswomen.

    Preservation of Cultural Talent

    How do we do this? Through equitable distribution of the economic profits and opportunities associated with the production and sale of our textiles.

     


     

  • Fair Trade Matters!

    Fair Trade Organizations
    At Yoga Geek we feel that the principles of Fair Trade mirror the finest principles of the various Yoga and Meditation traditions and practices that we respect. Fair Trade is a global movement that began in the 40’s and exists now as various parallel initiatives throughout the world. Driven by the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and socially motivated individuals, Fair Trade began by providing advice, assistance and support to disadvantaged producers. Fair Trade has come to be a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, here are eight reasons we feel so strongly about, and are happy to be offering, Fair Trade products to our Yoga and Meditation communities:

    1. Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where artisans receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
    2. Fair Trade embraces practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
    3. Artisans take pride in their work. Crafts are handmade, which translates into closer attention to detail and in the end higher-quality products
    4. By working through cooperative structures, Fair Trade artisans are able to invest Fair Trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.
    5. Fair Trade products are unique to the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process, and Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.
    6. Fair Trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than working for a middleman, and the profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
    7. By choosing Fair Trade products, you are not only accessing high quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat and/or the goods you use.
    8. Fair Trade prohibits child labor, ensures health and safety measures are established in order to avoid work-related injuries and follows International Labor Conventions (ILO). Workers are guaranteed access to healthcare and community development premiums can be used to provide greater access to /quality of healthcare and education.

     


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