American Councils African Language Initiative
This photo was taken in the Paje region of the island of Zanzibar - women there are seaweed harvesters, often working from sunrise until sunset to create intricate fields of seaweed within the water. For cultural and religious reasons, they keep their typical clothing on during work, submerging the colorful clothing in the water. The ocean is integral to their daily life, as they use the seaweed for everything from cooking to soap-making to weaving. This photo shows the natural beauty of the seaweed fields as well as of Zanzibari women in daily life.