African art, east african style

Art trade, East African art and culture

Just a few years ago, the task of opening an antique lama door was a total game for children. There were plenty of ruinous houses and the owners were absolutely happy to get a few dollars for their old but not worm-eaten door because d

There is a great new door from the factory and something on top.

As everywhere, where the old people are tired, they see the real progress in standardized doors. Only poor people let artisans work. Rich people buy in the factory, in the department store. Here lies the real luxury.

It was no different in Germany – maybe 50 years ago – until it was turned over again. Then the antique dealers went to the farmers and bought the old, hand-painted farm furniture for an appeal and an egg. At

It was the same in Lamu about 10 years ago.

But then the Lamuans noticed that the western businessmen bought up so much of what they previously thought was old stuff and had it shipped to other continents. Awareness grew, the culture sale became more expensive and difficult.

Yes, sometimes I feel a bit like an exploiter, but if I don’t, the piece will move to other hands. That is why I always try to offer a fair price for both sides. Do you want to know more about the destination Lamu, here are interesting details

But there are still one or the other old, silver-gray weathered door in an equally weathered house, but finding out the owners is a tricky business. Nothing works without helpers and unfortunately these helpers are usually extremely professional in finding their own advantage.

A search for a door can almost develop into a crime thriller.

I keep being asked.

Whoever thinks Africa thinks of starved children and wild animals.

And at all Africa. The is a Continent, the second largest in the world. I have specialized in Congo and East Africa.

Many remember holiday beaches in Kenya with the same elephant, the same hippo or rhinoceros a thousand times. In different sizes and colors.

It is not art.

Although truly handmade in very difficult circumstances. If you vacation in Mombasa, you can go to the Akamba workshops convince how such a piece is made. It is fascinating that the workpieces are often held with the toes. No machine, simplest tools.

These men are artisans. But there are also artists among them who have grown beyond the craft, the replica, and create their own works.

There is an ancient deep-seated art tradition in the Congo.

The tribal culture has grown seamlessly with art or cult objects. Every village, for example, had to have certain protective objects.

  • drums,
  • Mats,
  • baskets,
  • kitchen utensils
  • Medical utensils
  • statuary
  • masks


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