AFRICAN DESIGN SHOP
Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to have authentic West African designer products brought all the way to your doorstep. From jewelry to textiles to home décor items, our African Designer Shop is one of a kind and something that you won't want to miss. All designer products have been purchased directly from master craftsmen from various areas of west Africa, or produced by Create Change's Design Company Social Enterprise located in Tamale, Ghana.
The semi-nomadic Tuareg are indigenous to the vast Sahara desert, who can be found living in Libya, Niger, Mali, Algeria, and Burkina Faso. They are often called “the Blue People of the desert” due to their traditional clothing made from indigo dye that stains their skin. The pieces below have been crafted by master silversmiths. Each piece is hand-hammered, and carefully engraved with traditional Tuareg symbols and motifs that date back hundreds of years.
Many tribes in Ghana have a long tradition of beads, and beads still play important roles in Ghanaian society, be it in rituals of birth, coming of age, marriage, or death. Glass beads made from powdered glass from recycled bottles are made by the Krobo people in Ghana's Volta region. In Ghana's East, Tabular bronze beads are an important tradition to the Ashanti people, who use a lost wax cast method, making each brass bead unique as the mold is destroyed to extract the bead.
METAL & LEATHER DESIGN
These unique contemporary pieces combine the pratice of hammering and polishing West African metals (bronze, copper and aluminium) with the ancient leathermaking traditions of Tuareg people. Original designs by a cooperative of Malian refugees living in Burkina Faso.
HAND WOVEN & DYED TEXTILES
West African textiles are famous for their stunning designs, and are traditionally naturally dyed and printed. Mud cloth or 'Bambara' cloth from Mali has its print created with hand drawings using sticks or with stamp using mud, and then left to dye in the sun. Indigo cloth comes from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali, where the dark blue color is derived from the dye of the indigo plant using its pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers.
HAND WOVEN BASKETS
Plentiful Elephant Grass in the Bolgatanga region of Northern Ghana is used to make these incredibly beautiful handwoven baskets. Each basket is handcrafted and depending on the detail can take over one week to make. Baskets featured were produced by a number of expert weavers who work as part of a village cooperative just outside of Bolgatanga.
Africa is well known for its wood carvings, and have access to a variety of woods from teak to mahogony. Wooden carvings across the continent creatively incorporate beading, grasses, horn, shells, and other available materials to create both functional and artistic products.