Category: Somali life

Somalia-Inspired DIY Projects

Somalia is known for its native crafts such as finely woven cloth, wood carvings, basketry, and gold and silver jewelry. It’s a country that thrives in the creative world. Palm leaves are woven into different objects—mats, baskets, and trays for winnowing grains and rice. The leather is also a famous craft.

And because Somalia is stimulating, we’ll give you four DIY projects that are Somalia-Inspired.

Carved Geel


Even if you’re not a woodworker or handyman, you can still appreciate this project. In Somalia, a carved geel (g-el; camel) is an essential animal because it is their symbol of health and wealth.

Camel pastoralism is a standard way of life in the country even until now. Somali pastoralists are a camel community because of the harsh and dry environment they live in. Somalia is also believed to be the original home of the domesticated dromedary camel. It even has the most number of camels in the whole world.

Dhiil Gori Ah

somali-milk-containerThis wooden milk container is also an excellent DIY project. All you need are some wood and wood processing tools such as a log splitter, wood planer, and sander.

This is where camel milk is stored, and in case you didn’t know, camel milk is the staple food of Somali pastoral communities.

Learn more about handyman tools in

Woven Baskets

Woven baskets are also popular in Somalia, and they’re woven by women in the southern regions of the country. Women have used various fabric and materials to produce some of the most beautiful fans, baskets, and even windbreak covers for their homes. The basket weaving practice is an important aspect of womanhood in Somalia. Little girls are taught at a young age. Each region in the said country has its own specialty when it comes to basket-weaving because they have different artistic ways of expressing their culture.



The last one on the list is the traditional Somali headrest made of wood. It’s carved from a piece of fine-grained wood called as “Hagar” in Somali. It’s also known as Yucub wood. Usually, the natural color of the wood is left, but some owners paint their headrests with the color red or black.

Men in East Africa use Barkins as pillows and representations of status. Men’s headrests typically have a smaller base which makes them unstable to sleep on. On the other hand, the rectangular bases of women’s headrests are more stable.

There you have it! For inspiring DIY projects that will make the Somali people prouder of their culture and creativity.

How to Make Your Own Somali-Inspired Spiced Coffee

Want to (literally) spice up your coffee break? Make your own Somali spiced coffee today! This recipe is so easy to do, you’ll be making it every morning.

If you’re wonder what makes it unique and worthy to try, well, it’s not steeped in hot water; rather, in hot milk! So, seriously, get your taste buds ready for this delicious treat!


  • French press
  • Rolling pin or mortar and pestle
  • Wooden spoon


  • cinnamon-sticks-spice1 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1 green cardamom pod or ½ tsp. of ground cardamom
  • 2 cups of whole milk or sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 pcs. Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp. of ground coffee
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Open your cardamom pod. Once opened, you’ll see small seeds. Grab your rolling pin and gently roll over them until they’ve broken up. You can also use mortar and pestle to crush them.
  2. Use the rolling pin or your mortar and pestle to break the cinnamon sticks you have.
  3. Bring the whole milk or condensed milk to a slow boil. It’s crucial that you stir with your wooden spoon frequently to prevent burning.
  4. Put the spices, the sugar, the ground coffee, and the salt in your French press.
  5. Once the milk has boiled, remove it from the heat, and pour it into your French press.
  6. Stir, cover, and steep for four minutes.
  7. Press, transfer to a cup, and enjoy your spiced coffee!


This recipe would suffice two people or one thirsty coffee addict.

If you want it to have more “kick,” I suggest you add one shot of espresso. The taste will be different, of course, but it’ll still be one hell of a coffee.

Don’t own an espresso machine? Get one now! Just check out these top 5 best espresso machines for commercial use. They might be preferred for commercial use, but if you know you drink a lot of coffee and there are others in the house who drink coffee a lot too, then you better get yourself one of those. Besides, you’ll never know when you’d want to run a coffee shop business, so it’s best to have a machine that can be both for personal and commercial use.

Learn how to create the perfect shot of espresso here.

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