Arts,History of Africa,People

Punu masks

2 Feb , 2018  

White faced mask of type used by the BaKota, BaLumbo, BaPunu, Mpongwe and several other tribes. Documented pieces have been collected among all these peoples. Among th BaPunu the wearer dances on sitis

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Arts,History of Africa,People

FANG

8 Jan , 2018  

Mask made by the Fang, given in 1905 to Maurice Vlaminck whom sold it to Andre Derain. It was seen also by Picasso and Matisse. This was not the first African sculpture to attract Valminck, but it appears to be the only one from this time wich is still certainly identificable.

 

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NOMADIC BOHO

27 Apr , 2016  

Boho style has its roots in the French Word ‘boheme’ and the artistic bohemian concept.

 

Boho interior style is rich, versatile, colorful and relaxed, as the life of the nomads discovering new lands.

 

COLOUR PALETTE

 

The colour palette of this style is bright and intense: orange, yellow, purple, ultramarine and fuchsia make the house cheerful and cozy.

 

A boho-house is magnificently decorated with textiles, draperies, blankets, pillows, bright covers for furniture, carpets, exactly as the nomadic people do.

 

DÉCOR TIPS

 

  • Use the play of contrasting colours, patterns and textures, collages and applications to create a dynamic and bright interior
  • Old beat up furniture will be most welcome here
  • Feel free to mix ethnic styles and season the interior with eastern or colonial accessories
  • Give preference to environmentally friendly natural materials and handmade objects brought from the trips and reminding you of the romance and adventure of the road.

 

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Arts,Fashion and Lifestyle

STELLA JEAN

9 Feb , 2016  

 

Stella Jean is an emerging Italian fashion designer, whose cultural identity often provides inspiration for her eponymous label. She collaborates with African artisans, based on the principle of increase in value, economic impact and respect for the territory, resources and traditions of the local communities who must be supported, while at the same time preserving ancestral knowledge – at risk of extinction – and opposing the debasing effect of imperialist homogenization

 

Her testament is how fashion, beyond aesthetics, can evolve into an instrument of counter-colonisation and become a vehicle for, and expression of, economic, social and ethical growth and enfranchisement.

 

The principles of an intentional, but never ostentatious, elegance are developed and expressed through sharp Italian artisanal tailoring. A mood whose uniqueness is revealed as a reflection of the designer’s personal multiculturalism, translated into the “Wax & Stripes Philosophy”, her veritable signature style.

 

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Arts,Cities and Countries,History of Africa

DAPPER MUSEUM / MUSEE DAPPER

15 Dec , 2015  

 

Set up in Amsterdam, in 1983, at the instigation of its current President, Michel Leveau, the Olfert Dapper Foundation takes its name from a xviith-century Dutch humanist who, despite never leaving his native country, wrote an encyclopedic description of Africa, first published in 1668.

 

The purpose of this private non-profit organization is to raise the profile of sub-Saharan Africa’s artistic heritage and contribute to its conservation, by staging exhibitions and awarding research bursaries.

 

Director Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau was on the Musée du quai Branly steering committee from 1999 to the end of 2004 and is a member of the Committee for the Memory of Slavery (CPME), set up on January 5th 2004.

 

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TADELAKT POTTERY

20 Feb , 2015  

Tadelakt is an ancient technique and a lime coating traditional from Marrakech and characterised by its shiny colour and waterproof effect. Tadelakt’s unique finish is achieved by using friction with a pebble and olive oil soap.

 

It can be used outdoor (even in bathrooms and floors) and indoor; and it has also inspired the creation of new building materials like micro-concrete.

 

Beyond its beauty and elegance, tadelakt is the symbol of northern African culture.

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History of Africa,People

DAVID LIVINGSTONE

19 Feb , 2015  

David Livingstone was a Scottish explorer who arrived to South Africa in 1841 as the minister of the London Missionary Society.

 

He worked in the region during 8 years; then he went to Kalahari Desert discovering the lake Ngami (1849) and Zambezi River (1851). Between 1852 and 1856 he started a trip from the Atlantic Ocean until the Indian Ocean, also discovering the Zambezi waterfalls on 16th November 1855, which became named the Queen of England (Victoria Falls) by Livingstone. 

 

He lost contact during exploration towards the Lake Tanganyika; then the newspaper New York Herald organized an aid expedition leaded by Henry Stanley who in 1871 found him in the city of Ujiji, on the shores of the city, where the famous sentence was pronounced: “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”.

 

He died on 1st May 1873, in a tiny village somewhere in Zambia due to malaria and dysentery. He stood out for his fight against slavery.  

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle,Our trips

TWO KEY ASPECTS OF TRIBAL STYLE

14 Feb , 2015  

ANIMAL COLOUR.-Animals invade everything. Armchairs, cushions, trophies. Zoo scenarios include wild animals like rhinoceros and hippopotamus.

 

THINK PRINT.- Landscapes, animals, faces and everything belonging to the real world is printed in these decorative objects. After Tibetan ethnic groups, the African continent is proud of its high decorative impact.

 

 

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