The African art and crafts industry is one of the largest industries in Africa. It is a thriving business sector that encompasses many products ranging from home décor, fashion accessories, figurines to furniture items. This is because of their rich culture and tradition in making these products. There are beautiful pieces that can also be gift ideas for friends or even for ourselves.
African art and crafts are very popular these days. The reason is not far–fetched, African art carries with it the cultural and traditional values of Africa. African art is a growing industry that appeals to people from all over the world. African art is often overlooked as a viable option for art lovers.
The continent is rich in art, from paintings to sculptures and everything in between. You can get some really beautiful pieces of African art online.
If you’re looking for a gift to buy, why not consider African art and crafts. See below the 4 unique gift ideas to buy from African Arts and Crafts:
Traditional African Masks
Traditional African masks play an important role in certain traditional African rituals and ceremonies. Masks serve an important role in rituals or ceremonies with varied purposes like ensuring a good harvest, addressing tribal needs in time of peace or war, or conveying spiritual presences in initiation rituals or burial ceremonies.
Some masks represent the spirits of deceased ancestors. Others symbolize totem animals, creatures important to a certain family or group. The wearer of the mask is often believed to be able to communicate to the being symbolized by it, or to be possessed by who or what the mask represents.
Proud and brave, a fighting man comes to life as an African mask. This mask is carved from wood and the features are adorned with colorful seed beads, meticulously applied by hand. Polished brass inlay surrounds the head. This mask serves as a good home or office décor and is a great gift idea.
This African Warrior Beaded Mask is made with wood, beads and brass materials. A handcrafted item intended as a wall décor which can be gifted to art and craft lovers.
African jewelry has customarily been created from organic materials like hide, porcupine quill, bone, animal teeth, animal hair, seeds, nuts, husks, sea and land shells, egg shell, wood, ivory and carved stone.
These African Beaded Zulu Lace Necklace with choker net style, are handmade by highly skilled Zulu beaders in South Africa. It is a bright & colorful patterns, genuine & durable beads that can be gifted.
These are extremely large choker style African necklaces with a wide 21 cm beaded lace trim. The ethnic beadwork pattern shown on the necklaces may change due to the nature of handmade African Jewelry however the bead colors will remain as indicated. The size shown is an average and may differ slightly.
This 35×39″ The African Child Painting was created using acrylic paints on Canvas. The painting has a coarse texture with oil like effects. The Blue and Reddish overtone of the child’s face reveals life and vitality which exudes from the smiles of little children. This painting was created by the brush strokes of Emmanuel Anaiye. It can greatly serve as gift because of the uniqueness it portrays. Due to different brand of monitors, actual colors may be slightly different from the product image.
Ayo Olopon Game
This handcrafted African Carved Ayo Board Game and 48 Seeds. It is a portable design for travel, polished to offer a fine finish, fold-able board design.
The African Ayo Olopon Game is a traditional game played by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. It is a strategy board game that requires a lot of brain power and mathematical skills. This game set is designed with a long narrow piece of carved hardwood bearing few pods on each side.
The design has six holes on each side of the carved wood and at the start of the game, each hole contains four seeds making it a total of forty-eight Ayo seeds. Ayo can be played by both children and adults as a unique form of cultural relaxation.
If you are in search of unique gift ideas, then Africa has it all. The above mentioned products should give you an idea on the best gifts to buy from African arts and crafts.
These gifts are different from the traditional ones you get for a birthday, anniversary or even Christmas. They will be appreciated by anyone who receives them and if you have any doubts about this just ask the thousands of people in Africa who make these products.
While the list is by no means exhaustive, we hope that it helps you find a few unique gifts.