Somalia-Inspired DIY Projects

somali milk container

Somalia is known for its native crafts such as finely woven cloth, wood carvings, basketry, and gold and silver jewelry. It’s a country that thrives in the creative world. Palm leaves are woven into different objects—mats, baskets, and trays for winnowing grains and rice. The leather is also a famous craft.

And because Somalia is stimulating, we’ll give you four DIY projects that are Somalia-Inspired.

Carved Geel

carved geel

Even if you’re not a woodworker or handyman, you can still appreciate this project. In Somalia, a carved geel (g-el; camel) is an essential animal because it is their symbol of health and wealth.

Camel pastoralism is a standard way of life in the country even until now. Somali pastoralists are a camel community because of the harsh and dry environment they live in. Somalia is also believed to be the original home of the domesticated dromedary camel. It even has the most number of camels in the whole world.

Dhiil Gori Ah

This wooden milk container is also an excellent DIY project. All you need are some wood and wood processing tools such as a log splitter, wood planer, and sander.

This is where camel milk is stored, and in case you didn’t know, camel milk is the staple food of Somali pastoral communities.somali milk container

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Woven Baskets

Woven baskets are also popular in Somalia, and they’re woven by women in the southern regions of the country. Women have used various fabric and materials to produce some of the most beautiful fans, baskets, and even windbreak covers for their homes. The basket weaving practice is an important aspect of womanhood in Somalia. Little girls are taught at a young age. Each region in the said country has its own specialty when it comes to basket-weaving because they have different artistic ways of expressing their culture.


somali headrests Barkin

The last one on the list is the traditional Somali headrest made of wood. It’s carved from a piece of fine-grained wood called as “Hagar” in Somali. It’s also known as Yucub wood. Usually, the natural color of the wood is left, but some owners paint their headrests with the color red or black.

Men in East Africa use Barkins as pillows and representations of status. Men’s headrests typically have a smaller base which makes them unstable to sleep on. On the other hand, the rectangular bases of women’s headrests are more stable.

There you have it! For inspiring DIY projects that will make the Somali people prouder of their culture and creativity.

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