Journal - Tonga Baskets | Senufo Stools | Kuba Cloth | Makenge Baskets – Tagged "african masks" – Paulski Art

Journal — african masks RSS



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,...

Continue reading



The African Baule Bead Mask: A Cultural Symbol

Have you ever heard of the African Baule bead mask? The Baule mask is a cultural symbol that has been around for centuries. The Baule people, who are from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, first began making these masks more than 1,000 years ago. Where were you 1,000 years ago? Not even in the idea of conception! They were used in ceremonies to honor the dead and the cycle of life. You see, the cycle of life in Africa is not just about the birth and death of people, but also about the changing seasons, nature and wildlife. The Baule people believe that the mask is a representation of the human soul. African masks show the powerful cultural legacy of...

Continue reading



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...

Continue reading



Traditional Tribal Masks: Adorned with Meaning

Traditional masks have been used all over the world as a form of communication and storytelling. Masks can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, fabric, feathers and more. They are often adorned with intricate designs and symbols that tell a story about the culture or tribe that created them. Let's take a closer look at some traditional tribal masks and learn about the meaning behind their designs!

Continue reading



Understanding Antique African Tribal Masks

Tribal masks have been used throughout history as far back as ancient times. They were believed to be magical or able to bring good luck, and tribes often wore them during special occasions such as weddings and celebrations.  Many tribes believe that spirits inhabit these masks, and each type of mask has its own personality traits depending on where it is made. For example, some tribal symbols represent wisdom or courage.

Continue reading