Fuerteventura magazine Interviews
Nazaret – Hispanic African Craft Maker
December 2022

Nazaret – Hispanic African Craft Maker

“For us, the turban is a sign of cultural identity, our pride in our race and also a status symbol”

Nazaret fell in love with Fuerteventura from the moment she visited it for the first time for a holiday, and she kept on coming back every year, wanting more and more to move here. Then, she made the decision, and has been here for over seven years, where she lives, works and enjoys the tranquillity, which is what most attracted her.

Have you always been a craft maker?

No, I used to be a stylist in Bilbao, and when I arrived here, I wanted to do something else, although I liked my job, it was stressful.

Were you born in Bilbao?

Yes, I was, from a Basque mother and a Congolese father.

Therefore, this craft making vocation started here?

When I first got here, I took whichever job I could find, and then I started creating espadrilles made with African fabrics, but it rained quite a lot that year, and trying out espadrilles was quite complicated, but as I always wear a turban, because of my African roots (which has more meaning than a simple accessory, or to tie one's hair up), people started asking me about them, because they liked them. This is when I got the idea of creating those turbans.

What other meanings do turbans have in Africa?

For us, they are a sign of our cultural identity, our pride in our race, and it is a status symbol, etc.

Are they selling well?

Yes, they are, I am quitesatisfied, and it has become my full-time occupation.

I see that there is a wide range of models and fabrics...

When I create them, I think about the type of woman who will wear them: blond, brunette, young, mature, classical, modern, ecologist, etc., and this is how I create and adapt the fabrics which I feel are best suited in each case. I am still some kind of stylist in this job!

Where do you exhibit your creations?

At the Mercado de las Tradiciones in La Oliva, at El Campanario in Corralejo, and at the market in Lajares.

Nothing in the south of the island?

Not at the moment, I feel a bit too lazy to expand any further, but maybe I will do it in the future. There is a lot of sewing involved, and not that much is done mechanically,contrary to whatpeoplemay think, there is a creative process for each piece.

We also see that you make dolls...

Yes, I make mermaids. I love making them and to see the faces of the little girls when they get one, that makes me really happy! Even some adults get them for themselves. I also make clothes and accessories for them.

Well, that would make a lovely Christmas present. We wish you the best of luck, Nazaret.