/phyllanthus reticuatus/

Potato plant [eng].

A very widely used medicinal plant given to women after childbirth, typically used to treat sores, used for vaginal steams.
It is used to treat anemia, a male aphrodisiac and for male fertility. The roots produce a brown to black dye that is used by fisherman to dye nets and by straw artisans. In my practice I use it as medicinal herb and began experimenting with it as a dye in my healing plants project.


Wacy Zacarias.

Designer, activist and healer at Karingana Textiles and Woogui.

Maputo, Mozambique.

Wacy Zacarias has lived and studied in Berlin, London, New York and Johannesburg and is currently based in Mozambique. In 2010 Wacy was awarded the Best Young Designer award during Mozambique Fashion Week after founding her brand Woogui. Following this, Wacy established a partnership with designer Djamila de Sousa and together launched a surface and textiles brand Karingana Wa Karingana. Wacy is part of an international female collective, African Textile Innovation Lab and co-founder of a cooperative of designers (CRIAMOZ), with the aim to improve access to market, product development and supply chain development in the creative industry in Mozambique.

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