On Saturday, June 29, 2013 come visit the "Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity" to participate in our special Curator's Corner event from 11am to 4pm. Celebrate the 4th birthday of the gallery by playing our "You be the Curator" and "Fact or Fiction" games. Visit Earth Rangers Studio to learn more!
In the 19th century, cloth was big business in East Africa. From present-day Somalia down to Mozambique, the whole eastern half of the continent was experiencing an economic boom as it exported elephant ivory, slaves, aromatics and spices to Asia, Europe, and North America. With their newfound wealth, East African consumers largely sought to acquire foreign cloth and beads.