some of our African artists
Ali Guindo is one of the weavers who weaves cotton to make into mudcloth
clothing and accessories. He weaves the fabric, and then it is taken to a
painter, such as Mme. Kono (below), who paints the designs onto the fabric. Ali
Guindo is from the Dogon ethnic group and works in a little village called
Somo, in the Dogon area of Mali, West Africa. Because he lives in such a
remote area (where many foreign buyers don't venture to go), finding him to
make some of the mudcloth fabric was a great way for him to increase his
business. It also insures that we get the highest quality of fabric.
to see mudcloth paintings
Sade Toure is a bronze caster in the Ivory Coast, in a village called Nangalako.
His family has lived there for as long as he can remember, and all of them have
been bronze casters. They pass down the tradition from generation to generation.
Sade is a real artist, with a passion for creative designs in bronze work.
Using the traditional lost-wax method, he is finding it harder and harder to find
buyers for his traditional work. His traditional work is especially time consuming and most
buyers simply want the lowest price they can get. We were happy to find
one of the remaining lost-wax artists and love the opportunity to display the
traditional, premium quality, bronze work that he creates. He is also a
family man, married with two children, a boy and a girl. Sade also works doing some farming in his nearby garden.
This man, Kabine Coude, is a fun loving individual who takes great pride in
his work. He also likes to joke around with those in the shop were he works. He
lives in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, West Africa. He works in an
ebony shop, known all over the surrounding African continent for it's high
quality ebony pieces. He's been working with ebony ever since he was a
child, and loves the work. His family background is in Burkina
Faso, where he is a part of the Mossi tribe, known by the Malians as having a
reputation for their honesty, even in hard times. He is also married with a
to se all of the Ebony Carvings available from Africa Imports.
Kante is the head of the shop were Kabine Coude works closely with him. Boubakar supervises the workers of his ebony
shop; known all over the
African continent for its fine quality. Boubakar, an older gentleman has been
working with ebony all of his life. His shop is in the capital city of
Bamako, in Mali. His reputation is known far and wide.
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Usman Sagara. This smiling gentleman works doing specialized traditional
carvings. He makes the Dogon seated couples for us, one of which he's
holding in this picture. His family origins are of the Duru ethnic group, a
group in the Dogon region of Mali, West Africa. He is a very conscientious
worker, always faithfully striving for high quality. Usman is a very serious family
man, and has been working on traditional carvings ever since childhood.
to see authentic Wood Carvings from Mali, West Africa.
Mme. Kounte is one of our mudcloth painters. She
has been painting for
a long time, and is quite skilled in making the designs. She actually
from the Bozo ethnic group, which is mainly comprised of fishermen from along the Niger River.
However, her husband, (also from the Bozo ethnic group) became a tailor and she
went into mudcloth painting. She has five children, one of whom is shown here
with her. She likes to work on the mudcloth that she makes for us, and if
you ever purchase a piece of mudcloth, know that Mme. Kounte was probably one of
the painters who painted on some of the creative designs in your piece.
Here to see Authentic hand woven and hand painted mudcloth from Mali, West
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