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West African Textiles

West African Textiles

 The Woven Kente sells beautiful and unique wearable products, mostly made from West African cloth. Whether it’s a hat, a bag, a mask, or a fan pack, they all contain mudcloth or Ankara (wax print fabric), kente, or bazin mixed with contemporary silhouettes. Traditionally, cloth was naturally dyed with vegetable and mineral dyes, as well as clay and charcoal to introduce patterns and color on the cloth. Nowadays, wax batik, tie-dye, starch resist, and stitched and folded resist and are typically used. Products made from these textiles enable diasporic wearers to proudly celebrate African heritage, spirituality, culture, and history.

Taureg Jewelry

Taureg Jewelry

The Tuareg is an ancient Saharan group of people that has existed for over 2000 years. These semi-nomadic and pastoralist people occupy and operate in the sub-Saharan nations like Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Libya. They are known for playing a role in the trans-Saharan caravan trade and breeding livestock. The Tuareg people speak the Tamasheq language, whose origin is in North Africa. They also write using an ancient hieroglyphic script called Tifinagh: roots from Berber. Most of them are Muslims.

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