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Senegals Beautiful Pink Lake

With its colonial architecture, bustling markets and secluded beaches, Senegal is a stunningly beautiful country. One popular tourist attraction is Lake Retba. Known as Lac Rose by locals, the blus...

The Magic Is In the Cowrie Shell

If you’ve ever been to a country in Africa, you’ve probably seen women wearing jewelry made of cowrie shells. The small white shell looks porcelain. It’s strong and durable, which is why for centur...

Empowering Senegalese Girls Through Education

Hi, I’m Sofi Seck, a former photographer based in St. Louis, MO but originally from Senegal, West Africa. A long time ago, my parents divorced. My mom had nothing — no money, no education, and not...

New Flat Woven Platters

Autumn is finally in the air in St. Louis! We love this season — from the leaves turning crisp and falling from the trees, to cooling temperatures and cooking/baking that delights everyone. It’s th...

Let Girls Rule The World

Expedition Subsahara has grown and changed significantly since it launched two years ago. From our business plan, to partners and products, we’ve continuously worked to make things better, more du...

A Brief History of African Textiles: Wax Print

Two years into running Expedition Subsahara, I have learned an incredible amount about African textiles, sourcing and origins. One thing I was surprised — or actually shocked — to learn is that "A...