Earth Africa Curio in Durban, South Africa is the largest wholesale supplier of African Curios and Crafts, African Bead work, African Corporate Gifts, African Art, African Jewelry and a huge range of Authentic African Products. We also ship world wide.....come on a journey with us through the motherland of African Arts and Crafts.
The Beaded SA Flag is the most widely recognised African Beadwork product available in South Africa. The colors of the SA Flag have been incorporated into a range of Beadwork Products including Beaded SA Flag Key Rings, Beaded SA Flag Lanyards, Beaded SA Flag Pens, SA Flag Cutlery, SA Flag Beaded Jewelry and SA Flag Tin Mugs.
African or 'Zulu' Beadwork is the largest and most important craft industry in South Africa, with beautiful beading techniques and skills being passed down through the generations from mothers to daughters. These rural Beadwork ladies are some of the most impoverished people in Africa and the proceeds from their hand made beaded jewelry supports themselves and their families.
Corporate Gifts in South has become a major contributor to the well being of African crafters as large companies are now sourcing their business gifts from this sector in appose to the cheap Chinese gifts on offer. Crafters are more than happy to personalize the African gifts to their customer requirements. Beaded Lanyards and Beaded SA Flags are some of the most popular African corporate gifts.
Zulu Wire Baskets are called 'Mbenge' in Zulu and are hand made using age old grass weaving techniques. Security guards working night shift started this wire work by weaving recycled telephone wire onto their security sticks. Huge array of colorful patterns and designs available.
Zulu Hats are traditionally only worn by the married Zulu woman. These brightly colored 'Isicholos' are made from a framework of grass and palm leaves covered in fabric with intricate bead and stitch work trim. Zulu hats have moved beyond clothing and are now used as African decor.
Madiba Shirts affectionately named after Nelson Mandela are brightly colored shirts with intricate neck detail. Most Madiba Shirts are pullover shirts with two front pockets and are available in a wide selection of colors and styles.
Brightly colored African bracelets, African necklaces and African earrings are worn by the local Zulu Maidens. Traditional African designs have fused with contemporary styles creating unique South African Beadwork Jewelry. The beaded Zulu Love Letter is an example of this creativity.
African curios and carvings are chiseled from fallen trees deep in the African bush, huge chunks of rock are mined by hand and worked into magnificent stone sculptures, the envy of any art lover or private collector.
The African Art community includes some of the most naturally talented African Artists in the world with an incredibly diverse arrangement of artworks on offer, from scrimshaw art onto soapstone carvings, charcoal sketches, colorful wax batiks, banana leaf art, beautiful wildlife oil paintings, to the humble emerging African street art. African 'Big Five' wall hangings hand made in the local community project is another form of African Art.
African Masks hand made from wood and fiber with metal inlays and African patterns, representing the different African cultures and tribes of indigenous Africans, from the East to the West Coast of Africa in their traditional ceremonies for both the living and the dead, most of these African Masks are highly decorated.
African Baskets from grass and other natural materials are used in the rural villages on a daily basis and yet these African Baskets are so skillfully made with intricate designs and African patterns that they have become sought after as African Decor.
African key rings are carved from cow bones and horns, cow hide is cured and dried in the sun to make Zulu Shields and Drums and the young warriors challenge each other in friendly battles with their spears and fighting sticks.
African Clay Pots with intricately etched designs, are moulded using natural clay from the forests are fired in open pits, polished to a high gloss and sold at roadside stalls.
Hammocks hand made from natural materials provide employment for the local craftsmen with a selection of large double hammocks and single chair hammocks.
At the end of the long, hot, dusty African day, tribesmen sit on Nguni hides and drink 'Tswala' (African beer) while beating cow hide drums which echoes over the plains and through the valleys of this amazing continent that we call home. The young boys return from the fields with their Nguni cattle.
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Just another beautiful day in Africa...