THE LEARNING GALLERY

Sharing Artistic Skills of Craftsmen from Around the World

September 26, 2017

The hand of Fatimah or “Hamsa” is an ancient Talisman that symbolizes protection. Originating from the Hebrew word “Hamesh”, literally meaning five. The hand is worn as a defense against negative energy or the evil eye. This palm shape amulet is popular throughout the...

September 12, 2017

The ancient Black Buddha status of the East depicts him with woolly textured hair. They were either in cornrows or a peppercorn hairstyle with a small tight twists. His features were Afroid with a wide nose and full lips. In most ancient temples throughout Asia and Ind...

October 26, 2016

Little scholarship exists on these beaded garments. Bana Guili women wear dibul kouana, or beaded pubic-coverings during initiation, wedding celebrations, and other important ceremonies. Sources refers to women’s beaded garments of northwest Cameroon as pikuran. They a...

October 26, 2016

 Among the Yoruba, a tribe located in the Southwestern region of Nigeria, beads were the privilege of rulers and others who held positions of authority. Kings or "Oba's" wore these heavily decorated cone shaped crowns which bore a beaded veil from the rim known as an (...

October 26, 2016

A Suntiang is an elaborate crown worn normally by Minangkabau women in Sumatra for festive occasions. It has the shape of a radiant fan and is usually made out of a golden material (brass or copper).

A piece worn by a bride (known as an 'Anak Daro') for a wedding is cal...

October 26, 2016

THE SILK TENT presents a line of eye catching jewelry inspired by the Mbuti Tribe, located in the Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These unique designs come to life in a reinterpretation of patterns that capture the free spirit  of "bamiki-bandura'' (c...

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