Zimbabwe has long been known for its visual arts boasting some of the most exquisite handmade sculptures, pottery, woven baskets, so I was quite relieved that the reality of it lived up to its reputation. Exploring the streets of Harare you'll notice pop-up workshops of fine craftsmanship on many corners of all kinds of masterpieces. One of my favourites was a sculptor called Michael who has worked at Avondale marketplace for over 20 years. It was hard not to return to England with a suitcase full of sculptures instead of clothes, especially when there are so many artists clamouring to show you their work and talking about families to feed, but Zimbabwe's sculpture is a great piece of instant drama for any stylish house or garden.
Ros Byrne Pottery
If you head over to Doon Estate like we recommended in our Harare Hotspots post, you'll find another of my favourite Zimbawean brands, Ros Byrne. Started way back in 1998, Ros Byrne's incredible pottery, fabrics and crafts, all made in Zimbabwe, have become a regular both in Zimbabwean households and tourist suitcases. Her timeless ceramic pottery sets and home-ware designs have made me now want my entire kitchen Ros-B style.
If you’re a fan of The Body Shop, Lush and L'Occitane then you'll love Zimbabwe’s MatsiMela Home Spa shop. The store smells amazing and has a great selection of fruity and flirty soups and body scrubs including my new favourite; Red Berry and Ginger & Lime body care collection. The soaps range from R 20-30 (£1.41-£2.11) and scrubs R 50 (£3.51), but if you're in the area and need a quick pick-me-up' then try their spa treatments.