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The Meaningful and Mysterious World of Luba Art

Have you ever seen a piece of Luba art and been completely blown away by its beauty? If so, you're not alone. If not, then boy are you in for a wonderful ride! This unique form of African art is characterized by its intricate designs and mysterious symbolism. The woman symbolism. The image of women in Luba art is elaborated in infinite variations, marking the significance of each object: statuette, spear, or calabash, which connect kings and leaders to their gods. As a sacred theme, the woman is omnipresent in a symbolic universe that exalts her, and idealizes her. How awesome is that?! Source While the meaning behind Luba art is often difficult to decipher, that doesn't stop people from trying....

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Deciphering the African Mudcloth’s Secret Motifs

I knew the secret decoding of the fabric from the Garden of Eden would send you spiraling for a good read! Well, if a good read is what you are looking for, the an amazing read is what you will get! Let’s admit. The craze about the African continent has been nothing but insane! Africa has always been a continent of mystery and intrigue. It was the birthplace of humanity, the cradle of civilization, and the last place on earth to be colonized by Europeans. As a result, it’s often been a place of fascination for outsiders. From the land, to the minerals, to the history, to the culture. It isn’t called the Garden of Eden for nothing! Now that...

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Top 3 African Handicrafts That Will Shed Tears of Pride

There is a lot of talk about sustainability and ethical shopping these days, and for good reason. The way we consume affects not only the environment but also the people who make the products we buy. This is why supporting African artisans by shopping for handcrafted items is such a great idea. Not only are you getting a one-of-a-kind product, but you are also helping to preserve traditional craftsmanship. In this article, we will showcase five of the best African handcrafted products that will make you proud to be an ethical shopper! African Handcrafts 1. African Wall Baskets - The oldest known baskets were discovered in Faiyum in upper Egypt and have been carbon dated to between 10,000 and 12,000 years old,...

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How African Art is A Timeless Tradition With a Modern Touch

The art creates the material that  we look back upon as part of history - Roy Decarava African art has a timeless quality to it that's captivating and unique. It's steeped in tradition, but there's a modern edge to much of the work being created today. You may be wondering what inspires this type of art and why it's so popular. Well, Paulski Art exists to explore these questions and more as we take a closer look at African art and the artists who create it. African art is a unique form of expression that draws on the many cultures of the African continent. You might see influences from traditional African masks and sculptures in the work of contemporary African artists,...

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The Makonde Tree of Life: A Piece of African History, Culture, and Tribal Art

A Tree of Life is a symbolic expression found in many cultures around the world. It represents wisdom, growth, transformation, interconnectedness, unity, and continuity. The Makonde people are a Bantu-speaking group of people in the southern part of Tanzania and northern Mozambique, who have been practicing wood carving for centuries as the main occupation.  They have a rich history that is closely linked to their culture, religion, and art. I can just imagine living in the Southern Highland of Tanzania... savannas, woodlands, grasslands, and forests surrounding me like mother nature’s hugging envelope, not forgetting that the region is among the richest and most important production areas for grains and potatoes, and the main source of timber in Tanzania. Notably, we are aware...

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