African Fan with Mask Artisan Crafted in Cotton and Wood, "Obaahemaa I"
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Where the fan and handle meet on this fan, Robert Aidoo-Taylor shapes the mask of an Obaahemaa, the Akan term for a "queen mother." "I was inspired by the fans used by the Royal Family and other dignitaries that I saw on exhibit when I visited the Ashanti King's Manyea Palace, in Kumasi," confides Aidoo-Taylor. To craft this fascinating fan, he covers a vinyl board with cotton printed with black and brown waves. He decorates the wood handle with rattan and polyester cords.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
Robert Aidoo-Taylor has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $100 and the most recent for $750.
This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.