Articles

In her Melbourne flat, Muhubo Suleiman has re-created the aqal, thatched hut, her childhood home in Somalia.
Kultur-All Makaan is a wondrous tent for bringing together refugee cultures of Central Victoria, including the Sudanese singer Dabora Dout whose beads welcome visitors.
Joseph Ndione laments the demise of the man-lion street performance that once celebrated the power of nature.

Stepping out: Africa Fashion Week Middle East

Ansie van der Walt talks to organisers of a new fashion festival in the UAE and profiles leading fashion designers from the region

Life in a boma

Anniina Sandberg shares her experience of living in a Tanzanian Maasai family compound with the goats and an occasional scorpion.

Nyibol Deng ✿ A recycled life

Nyibol Deng uses her African connections to create unique textile products from a combination of recycled jeans and Malawi wax prints.

Muhubo Suleiman ✿ A home within a home

In her Melbourne flat, Muhubo Suleiman has re-created the aqal, thatched hut, her childhood home in Somalia.

Kultur-All Makaan: A cool place for African warmth

Kultur-All Makaan is a wondrous tent for bringing together refugee cultures of Central Victoria, including the Sudanese singer Dabora Dout whose beads welcome visitors.

Egypt reclaims niello: A craft for kings and sultans

On the banks of the Nile, Passent Nossair finds the source of a quintessential Egyptian craft.

Ndomo: Beauty from mud in Mali

Rebecca Hoyes visits Segou on the Niger river to learn the secret of bogolan, mud cloth.

Simb, or the rise and fall of the Fake Lion in Senegal

Joseph Ndione laments the demise of the man-lion street performance that once celebrated the power of nature.

“Only room for one in the house”: My Ankyianpoma language sticks from Ghana

In Ghana, Claire Dale commissions a ritual object for talking to Chiefs.

My father was an elephant: Clay dreams in Nigeria

Ngozi Omeje shares her journey through the soothing medium of clay and how it helps honour her family and inspire good works.

[Re:]Entanglements in Nigeria

Nigerian artists Jennifer Ogochukwu Okpoko and Dr RitaDoris Edumchieke Ubah are inspired by colonial photographs to make new textile work drawing on the heritage of uli body and wall painting.

Iziqhaza: Designs that open your ears

Hlengiwe Dube recounts the elaborate Zulu tradition of earplugs that inspired her baskets.

Litema, the pride of a Mosotho woman’s home

‘Matsooana Sekokotoana is inspired by the litema designs on the homes of her country, which reflect daily life in the villages of Lesotho.

Moffat Takadiwa: The art of small things

Jenan Taylor returns to her southern African roots, drawn by the mysterious smell of soap, to discover the place where Zimbabwe's iconic sculptor gathers his materials and community.

Quarterly Essay ✿ Moffat Takadiwa: The art of small things

Jenan Taylor returns to her southern African roots, drawn by the mysterious smell of soap, to discover the place where Zimbabwe's iconic sculptor gathers his materials and community.

The Eastern Cape made visible through jewellery

Joani Groenewald reflects how her jewellery is drawn from the South African landscape in which she is embedded.

I wear letters from the past

Lara Daryl Landsberg re-creates letters from her Oupa to create a jewellery series that reconnects with her childhood.

New Zulu beads to be worn with pride

Mbuso Zondi's commitment to his Zulu culture is reflected in his project to create new beads that use more traditional materials that those imported in the past.

Ordentelikheid: South African baroque jewellery

Taryn Sadé Joseph is inspired by the “Coloured” aesthetic of her upbringing, reflecting an intense desire for respectability, ordentelikheid.

Izandla Zethu: Fine jewellery with what’s at hand

Izandla Zethu involves gathering materials at hand in a South African township to craft jewellery that combines honesty and elegance.

Urgent Adornment in South Africa

Beverley Price explains the creative principle of her expedited jewellery and how it is grounded in South African life.

Isifociya: The revival of Zulu adornment that protects and beautifies

Khanya Mthethwa transforms the traditional Zulu girdle into a fashion item for proud South Africans

editorial

  "Culture is not only a heritage. It is a project". Benin philosopher, Paulin Hontongji This issue heralds a new generation of Africans who are seeking to recover their culture in a way that is fresh and relevant to their lives. The core is a group of graduates from the jewellery department of the University of Johannesburg, led by Farieda Nazer, which has seen the emergence of the African Contemporary Jewellery Association. The concept of "umswenko" comes from their involvement a Joburg scene which is stylish and inventive, which contrasts so much with outside perceptions of the city forged during Apartheid. Khanya Mthethwa's re-design of the isifociya girdle reflects other forms of revival found during our journey across the wider [...]

Wissa-Sophy: Back to the woven garden

Passent Nossair returns to the refreshing gardens of El Harraneya in Giza, Egypt, where she learns the remarkable story of Wissa Wassef, whose belief in the inner creativity of children helped build a weaving workshop of international renown.

25,000 knots: The hands that make Baba Tree baskets

Awuni Ayine tells us about the fans she makes that were traditionally used for funerals.

Fulu Muziki ✿ Kinshasa noisicians + eco-culturists

Gary Warner begins his series #AfricaMade_n_played with a Congolese ensemble featuring the exuberant instrumentarium of Pisko Crane.