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INTERIOR FOCUS: Kuba Cloth Décor Inspirations You Must Try

'' Interior design is the ultimate reflection of the external world. It’s an indicator of time, of emerging trends and of collective consciousness.'' From the earliest periods in the development of man's craftsmanship, samples have been discovered and preserved which indicate that man has woven designs and motifs into fabrics. The famous Kuba Cloth fabric from The Democratic Republic of Congo, dating back to the 17th Century has gained renowned fame and recognition as a significant art tradition. The intricacy and diversity of techniques used for Kuba cloths described in a latter article, revealed the secrets of KUBA, and how they used more than one technique to create their fabrics. This brilliance has been noted across the world, with different...

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Short Story: The Love between Tonga Stools and Décor

Long ago, in a distant land… is how stories in myths, fairytales, animations and productions we watched in the past would have probably started. However, this story here predates film, TV, print and basically the beginning of the industrial revolution. Down south, towards the cusp of the African continent, a landlocked county lies just above South Africa. Her name is Zimbabwe. Bordered by Botswana to the west and southwest, Zambia to the northwest, and Mozambique to the east and northeast, Zimbabwe is quite mountainous, lush with plateau-like geography that is home to one of the world's biggest and most spectacular waterfalls. The Victoria Falls. Source Love is Acknowledging History On this land that is a huge attraction and gift to the people...

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Magnificence Comes In All Shapes and Sizes – The Namji Dolls of Cameroon

The most beautiful dolls in Africa. The first time I laid my eyes on the Namji Dolls, I thought to myself… what an interesting masterpiece! Before long, I had laid my eyes on another, and another, and another, and it was as if I was looking at whole new creations, alike yet so different.   Source Each Namji doll is carved with a unique stature and facial expression. Crafted by hand, they are considered original art pieces and often expensive.Their distinctive appearance that represent mother, father or child; carved into geometric shapes and adorned with colourful beads, metals, fibre, cowrie shells,coins and even leather, have created a large demand around the world for not only their shapes, but their deeper meaning. Art...

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The Meaning Behind the Patterns on Rwandan Basketry

''Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” ~ Richard P. Feynman It has always been amazing how a simple click on Google brings up an abundance of results we were not entirely aware of, and opens up our minds to a sea of wonder and knowledge. You just have to find the credibility behind it. Africa's history has never fallen short of this, as the evidence exists all over the world. The realization that what we know is just the tip of the iceberg. If I had a dollar for how many colors and patterns on Rwandan baskets I have seen and...

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4 Questions Answered: Bolga Fan History

 A tale is told of a great civilization that existed two centuries ago. On the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, a very rich kingdom was formed. The Kingdom of Ashanti. It was established by the Asantehene Osei Tutu I. Ruler after ruler in order of succession, they formed bigger kingdoms and expanded their borders for about 200 years, until the British took over. What makes Ghana so special is that today, it is one of the leading countries of Africa, partly because of its considerable natural wealth and partly because it was the first black African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial rule. The availability of gold in the area got Ghana the name ‘The...

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