The Republic of Malawi is a small country in Southeastern Africa Called”the Warm Heart of Africa.”
In terms of poverty, Malawi is currently the 9th poorest country in Africa after others like Somalia and Zimbabwe. But what it lacks in GDP and contemporary infrastructure, it makes up in great old-fashioned creativity.
Nkhata Bay (Northern Region)
Best 3 Malawi craft markets (in terms of Choice and quality):
Senga Bay (Central Region)
For newcomer and experienced travelers alike, there is no better feeling than having a”bargain” on a work of art whilst souvenir hunting overseas. This post is about the best of Malawi Craft Markets and tips for bargaining on the situations that you wish to buy.
Zomba Plateau (Southern Region)
Check out our article: Advice for Traveling into Malawi
Malawian crafts include:
Even though Malawi is a largely agricultural nation, a lot of folks devote their lives to crafts and arts. Malawian woodcarvings charismatic and are varied. Local artisans use tools like carving shoe polish, sand paper and blades into fashion pieces which reflect their personal designs and culture that is local. Others devote themselves to making bowls, chairs or chessboards When some artists may just split masks. Going to the craft markets is essential, if you are planning a visit to Malawi! Although the capital, Lilongwe, features a craft marketplace, it doesn’t come close to these…
Advice for bargain shopping at Malawi’s markets:
A. Nkhata Bay B. Senga Bay C. Zomba Plateau
Wooden jewelry Also Make for Good souvenirs and Is Cheap
Impressively, the majority of these artisans have not been formally trained.
The more you buy, the better the deal!
Chief chairs come in many shapes and sizes. Some artisans will personalize them for you.
You will find many Vibrant paintings like this During Malawi being Marketed outside of Resorts
Straw hats like these require a Number of hours of Labour
Guess who bought the guy on the right?
Stalls are Easy: four Poles along with thatched roofs
View from the entrance of the Sun Bird Hotel of This Zomba market
Ironwood mask at Zomba market Includes scenes from Everyday life
A sea of chief chairs and a Bao game table
A Frequent theme throughout Zomba market is That the”Big Five”: lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo
A variety of woods are used to create these crafts such as ebony, pine and ironwood. Their trunks are too fibrous to use in carvings, although baobab trees are typical throughout also other parts of Africa and Malawi. If you just happen to pass through Blantyre, then there is also a marketplace there. Choice is great also, although prices are higher than in the three above. Watch the movie below to view the Blantyre marketplace.
Be aware that the cost a shopkeeper tells you’re about 30% to 50% more than you can buy for it. If you believe you are being scammed, do not feel pressured to cover something. Also, expect several shopkeepers to become consistent in attempting to sell you something. I suggest you inform all of them before you commit to making a determination, that you are taking a look at all. I never felt unsafe at any moment, but it is almost always a good idea when telling a person you aren’t interested to be polite, yet stern. Above all, do not forget the Malawi is a country that is poor. Some of the crafts take weeks, days and sometimes months to finish. They appreciate your business, but play fair.
And remember to enjoy your shopping experience (and bring an extra suitcase for all your treasures.)
Official languages: Chichewa, English
Currency: Malawian Kwacha
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A special thanks for hosting us to the Malawi Tourism Board.