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Tambakula Arts and Crafts Center

Aberdeen, across the street from Family Kingdom, on the road to Alex's Bar, Freetown, Sierra Leone
+232 78 679757
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5 minutes awlk away

This Arts and Crafts center is just five minutes away from the Leisure Lodge Hotel. There are... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Ibrahim N
Please Support...

The women who run the Tambakula Arts and Crafts were warm and friendly--as well as knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2015
bathtravel123
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Situated as close as it is to many of the beach hotels, Tambakula remains a hidden treasure of authentic Sierra Leone cultural icons, jewelry, clothing, statues, masks and more. Located directly across the street from Family Kingdom on an access road to a popular bar and restaurant, Alex’s, Tambakula has about ten small shops which are run by artisans and traders. It is a particular pleasure because the traders have adopted a lay-back style of selling; it is one of the few, or perhaps only place you can go in Freetown to peruse the local arts and crafts without being bombarded with persuasion to buy this or that or just anything. The Tambakula shop sellers give you time to look around, ask if you need help, and will then go out of their way to find just the right item for a gift or to meet a business or personal need. And if one shop doesn’t have just the right thing, the owner is happy to suggest another seller who may have it. Their prices are fair and often cheaper than at other venues, and there are folks on hand to change any type of currency. As in many places in Sierra Leone, these women have stories of hardship, war-torn families, orphans, and extremely difficult living circumstances, but you won’t know it from their friendly welcome, easy-going manner, and true desire to enrich your visit to Freetown. And don’t be afraid to ask the history of a particular piece – they will be able to tell you in which part of the country the item is produced, by which tribe, what it is used for or what it represents – or if it is an original design they have made themselves. In walking distance from Family Kingdom, Mammy Yoko, Hotel Bintumani, Hotel Barmoi, Aces and the Sierra Lighthouse Hotel , Tambakula Arts and Crafts Center is the closest and best place to do your cultural shopping in Salone! Tell them Laura sent you for special treatment and great prices.
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20 Mar 2017
“5 minutes awlk away”
6 Jun 2015
“Please Support...”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Aberdeen, across the street from Family Kingdom, on the road to Alex's Bar, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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+232 78 679757
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

This Arts and Crafts center is just five minutes away from the Leisure Lodge Hotel. There are different Arts materials caved there.

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Lithel, Volunteer at Tambakula Arts and Crafts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Thank you. If you are not familiar with the Leisure Lodge Hotel, Tambakula is right near the Lumley Beach Roundabout, near the Family Kingdom Hotel.

Reviewed 6 June 2015

The women who run the Tambakula Arts and Crafts were warm and friendly--as well as knowledgeable about the crafts they sell. It was a special pleasure meeting Maria Banboi and her daughter.

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Reviewed 23 January 2014

My daughter, a friend and I had so much fun meeting the members of the Tambakula Arts and Crafts Center Cooperative. They were helpful without being too forceful, they offered a wide-ranging selection of crafts and dug deep within their reserves to show us all...More

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