Meet the Textile Artist & Tour Guide: Ezera Mojja

Photo: Courtesy of Ezera Mojja

Tell us alittle bit of yourself.

My name is MOJJA EZERA from the Jewish community of Uganda known as ABAYUDAYA.l am.27 year’s old pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism. I am the first born of the 10 children in the family.

What inspired you to become an artist?

What inspired me to become an artist is the hard-work of women in my synagogue who were making Kippot, Challah Covers, Necklaces, Bangles, to sell to people to earn a living.

What is your speciality?

My speciality is changing all the time so that I can’t narrow it down to just one thing. I would say my speciality is trying new ideas.

How and where do you work?

I work as an intern as well as av olunteer in my community. I also make crafts in my free times.

What is the most indispensable item in your workshop?

The most indispensable item in my workshop are the designs of kippot, jewelries, and challah covers in all the different colors and sizes.

What are your favourite items in your current collection?

My current favorite items in my community are Craft clothes, shoes, kippot and jewelries, but especially seeing new types of crafts made from papyrus.

Do you do bespoke work?

Yes, I do bespoke work.

What project are you currently working on?

I am working as an intern and as Tour Guide at Shalom Tours and Travels, Uganda’s heritage. I am also volunteering and teaching old people about science as well as Hebrew and Judaism to kids in my synagogue.

What was the first artwork you ever sold?

My first artwork that I ever sold was the kippot and challah covers. I sold them to friends in the USA and the UK.

Which project have you enjoyed working on the most so far?

Internship training and teaching the old people about science as well as making crafts in my free time.

What do you want to achieve with your work and what are your wishes for the future?

I want to achieve selling 100 kippot and challah covers in every month so that I can be able to support my synagogue in terms of development.

Where can we find your work?

You can find my work on Instagram and Facebook.

Photos: Courtesy of Ezera Mojja

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