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Yoruba Bronze Torque: The Emblem of Wealth and Social Prestige

What is the symbol of wealth where you come from? Do you know your roots?  For centuries over, artists all over Africa have been shaping knowledge and material into works of unique historical significance. The artists of ancient Ife, the ancestral home of the Yoruba and the mythical birthplace of gods and men, were clearly interested in creating works that could be read and deciphered by their people. The Yoruba people, who are indigenous to Nigeria and parts of Benin and Togo, have a rich history of bronze casting. One of their most iconic forms of bronze artwork is the torque, a type of necklace or collar that is worn around the neck. A Yoruba bronze torque is a type...

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with African Symbols of Love

What do you have in mind for your sweet Valentine? Valentine's Day is a holiday that is traditionally celebrated on February 14th, and it is associated with romantic love and affection. People often give gifts, such as flowers, chocolates, or jewelry, to their loved ones to show their affection. However, here at Paulskiart, we do things in a very different way. We bring you products that are going to push the gifting level to another tier! Remember, Valentine’s day is not only for your spouse. It is a day to remind every person in your life that you love and care about them. Plus, it’s just plain fun! Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your loved one how...

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Our Top 3 Natural Alternative Picks for a Healthier Life

In recent years, the world has been witnessing a shift towards natural and sustainable solutions for everyday problems. People are embracing eco-friendly alternatives and trying to use more natural products in their lives. This is making the world more conscious of its environment and reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources. Going natural is an important aspect of living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. By embracing natural products and methods, we can reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins, improve our overall well-being, and help protect the environment One major benefit of going natural is that it can improve our physical health. Many conventional personal care and cleaning products contain a host of chemicals and toxins that can be harmful...

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Storytime: A Look at the History of Kenyan Woven Baskets

Africa is a continent that has been blessed with an abundance of culture and art. From intricate basket weaving to vibrant fabric designs, Africa has something to offer for everyone. Basket weaving has become a symbol of African culture and is used as a way of expressing one’s identity. This traditional art form is so versatile that it can be used for both utilitarian and decorative purposes. In recent years, the use of baskets in Africa has diversified with the advent of modern technology and materials, creating unique and innovative designs that remain true to their traditional roots. Our focus today is on Kenya. Kenyan woven baskets, also known as "mkate wa kisasa" in Swahili, have a rich history and...

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Dogon doors: Magical Authenticity in the Realm of Reality

When I tell you that Africa is a magical place filled with mysteries we are yet to understand as they unfold into the world story by story, you better believe it. African people have a special kind of magic that is unlike any other culture in the world. This is evident in their art, music, and stories which have captivated millions around the world. African stories tell of courage, strength, resilience, and wisdom - all traits that are often overlooked in today's society. From traditional folklore to contemporary literature, African stories are full of lessons and morals that can be applied to our lives today. They draw on the ancient wisdom of traditional cultures while embracing modern themes and values....

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