The Chinese proverb “Give a man fish and feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and feed him for a life time,” undoubtedly defines the core essence of 29-year-old Zimbabwean national, Tinose Marimira, who is a talented tapestry weaver and is making an indelible mark in Francistown.
Marimira, who was born in the town of Masvingo in Zimbabwe, weaves and sells beautiful hand-made mats along the busy Blue Jacket street in Francistown. His work speaks for itself as evidenced by a flock of revellers who are always crowding his stall to buy or view his latest creations.
In an interview with The Telegraph on Monday, the humble weaver expressed his undying love for tapestry weaving.
“Tapestry weaving has always been part of my life, hence my decision to make a living out of it. I loved tapestry weaving ever since my years as a teenager and I also enrolled for a course at the Great Zimbabwe University where I sharpened my skills in 2004. The prices of my products range from P100 to P850,” he says, as he lifts two colourfully decorated mats.
This man can literally weave almost anything, ranging from abstract shapes to emblems of well known logos of clubs, brands and commodities.
He further said that after completing his studies in 2004, he decided to utilize his skills to earn a living and make a career out of it. He said that he then relocated to Botswana in 2011 after realizing that many people in the country were in love with his products. He has also sold some of his work in countries like South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Marimira weaves car carpets, door mats and house carpets.
“Some of my work is custom made. Customers approach me and I design the products according to their preferences,” he said.
Marimira is also a man who believes in sharing his skills with others for free as he is currently partnering with a Motswana youth, 28-year-old Bonolo Kgautlhe, who is still under his tutelage to learn tapestry weaving.
“I believe in the spirit of love and sharing as the Bible says that “blessed is the hand that gives”. I am also willing to assist those who would love to tap into tapestry weaving by offering them free training, especially the youth. I believe if the youth could explore their talents, they could make a living as nowadays jobs are hard to find,” he said.