Modern Human Form Upcycled Metal Auto Part Wall Sculpture
Androgynous Form, Modern Human Form Upcycled Metal Auto Part Wall Sculpture
Armando RamirezThis wall sculpture by Mexican artisan Armando Ramirez is a study of an androgynous form. He works with upcycled metal auto parts to create this lithe and sensuous figure, which is treated with a...$269.99
Artist: Armando Ramirez
Beautiful Gaze in Gold
Pair of Gold-Tone Sese Wood Wall Sculptures from Ghana
Beautiful Gaze in Gold, Pair of Gold-Tone Sese Wood Wall Sculptures from Ghana
Kobina AsmahThe beautiful faces of two African women are captured in Ghanaian sese wood, hand-carved by local artisans with a design by Kobina Asmah. He gives both of these wall sculptures an antiqued finish in...$59.99
Artist: Kobina Asmah
Dance-Themed Sese Wood Wall Sculpture from Ghana
Dancing Woman, Dance-Themed Sese Wood Wall Sculpture from Ghana
Felix SenyorHand-carved from sese wood and given a black finish, an African woman dances. Ghanaian artisan Felix Senyor designs and crafts this wall sculpture.$99.99
Artist: Felix Senyor
Women in Unity
Sese Wood Wall Relief Panel of African Women from Ghana
Women in Unity, Sese Wood Wall Relief Panel of African Women from Ghana
Victoria AgyepomaaThe profiles of four proud women blend together, wearing traditional African attire. With inspiration from traditional Ghanaian handcrafts, Victoria Agyepomaa hand-carves this relief panel from sese...$104.99
Artist: Victoria Agyepomaa
Hand Crafted Cotton Batik Wall Hanging from Ghana
Relentless, Hand Crafted Cotton Batik Wall Hanging from Ghana
Edward AdeniranAdd charm to any bare wall in your home with this inviting wall hanging designed by West Africa's Edward Adeniran. Hand crafted from 100% cotton using a resist dyeing method called batik, the hanging...$89.99
Artist: Edward Adeniran
Original African Wood Wall Accent of Pregnant Woman
Working Hard, Original African Wood Wall Accent of Pregnant Woman
Musah AbdallahA pregnant woman works hard as she carries a pot upon her head in this splendid original wall accent by West African artisan Musah Abdallah. The plaque is hand-carved from sese wood and painted in...$99.99
Artist: Musah Abdallah
A Busy Day
Hand Crafted Silk Thread Wall Art from Africa
A Busy Day, Hand Crafted Silk Thread Wall Art from Africa
Kwesi Addoegyir ArhinWest African artisan Kwesi Addoegyir Arhin's original silk thread wall art shows three women carrying their goods to market. The artisan sketches the women on chip board, then uses brightly colored...$157.99
Artist: Kwesi Addoegyir Arhin
South Sea Queen
Hand-Carved Wood South Sea Queen Mermaid Relief Panel
South Sea Queen, Hand-Carved Wood South Sea Queen Mermaid Relief Panel
Made MulyaniIndonesian artisan Made Mulyani captures the legend of Nyi Blorong, or "the south sea queen," in this exquisite suar wood wall sculpture. This mermaid of lore is said to live in the heart of...$49.99
Artist: Made Mulyani
Handcrafted Sky Blue Wood Comb-Shaped Wall Art from Ghana
Osele Blue, Handcrafted Sky Blue Wood Comb-Shaped Wall Art from Ghana
Abdul Aziz MohamaduAbdul Aziz Mohamadu of Ghana designs this intriguing handcrafted wood wall art in the shape of a hair comb with a handle in the shape of a woman. Painted a sky blue and finished with a wash of clay...$29.99
Artist: Abdul Aziz Mohamadu
Hand Carved Suar Wood Wall Relief Panel from Indonesia
Sea Queen, Hand Carved Suar Wood Wall Relief Panel from Indonesia
Made MulyaniKnown as the South Sea Queen in Javanese folklore, the goddess Nyi Blorong is said to control the waves of the Indian Ocean. Artisan Made Mulyani depicts the goddess in this striking wall relief panel...$97.99
Artist: Made Mulyani
Batik Cotton Wall Art of an Orange Seller from Ghana
Orange Peddler, Batik Cotton Wall Art of an Orange Seller from Ghana
Emmanuel Atiemoh YeboahWalking with a bowl of oranges balanced atop her head, a woman makes her way to the market to peddle her wares. Ghanaian artisan Emmanuel Atiemoh Yeboah creates this piece of cotton wall art...$149.99
Artist: Emmanuel Atiemoh Yeboah
Hand-Carved Floral Wood Relief Panel in Blue from Guatemala
Mister Sun, Hand-Carved Floral Wood Relief Panel in Blue from Guatemala
Chico MendozaWithin a floral paradise, two birds the sun is depicted in this elegant and intricate relief panel from Guatemala. Chico Mendoza hand-carves this intricate relief from pinewood, perfect for display...
Artist: Chico Mendoza
Pair of Black Sese Wood Wall Sculptures from Ghana
Beautiful Gaze, Pair of Black Sese Wood Wall Sculptures from Ghana
Kobina AsmahThe beautiful faces of two African women are captured in Ghanaian sese wood, hand-carved by local artisans with a design by Kobina Asmah. He gives both of these wall sculptures a finish in solid...$59.99
Artist: Kobina Asmah
Hand Painted Calico Cotton Batik Wall Art
Three Sisters, Hand Painted Calico Cotton Batik Wall Art
Emmanuel Atiemoh YeboahThis striking wall art is the creation of West African artisan Emmanuel Atiemoh Yeboah. Crafted with calico cotton, the framed wall art features three sisters in a vertical arrangement. Their figures...$147.99
Artist: Emmanuel Atiemoh Yeboah
Wood and Aluminum Wall Sculpture of a Woman with a Spoon
Spoon Lady, Wood and Aluminum Wall Sculpture of a Woman with a Spoon
Emmanuel Opoku AsanteAn African woman holds a decorative spoon in this wall sculpture from Ghana, carved by hand of local sese wood and accented with embossed aluminum. Emmanuel Opoku Asante draws inspiration from the...$89.99
Artist: Emmanuel Opoku Asante
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The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
As with any work of art, direct sunlight will fade colors over time, especially for tapestries with natural dyes. We recommend hanging your tapestry in an area that avoids direct sun exposure to maintain vibrancy. To clean your woven tapestry, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment or dry clean if necessary. Spot treatment can also be used with a gentle fabric cleaner, but we recommend testing it on a small area first. Alternatively, you may hand wash your tapestry using cold water, then hang it to dry in the shade. Some tapestries made from cotton fabric may be machine washed on cold.
When it comes to handcrafted traditional tapestries, the most common materials include wool, cotton, silk, and natural dyes. Certain regions incorporate unique materials or designs into their tapestries. In the Andes, alpaca fiber is commonly used. In India, one finds batik printed cotton. In Mexico and Central America sheep wool and natural cotton threads are frequently used. In Thailand, rich silk material is a feature of handmade tapestries.
To craft an eco-friendly tapestry, traditional artisans hold themselves to high standards, both in terms of materials and processes. Natural fibers, textiles, and dyes are derived from plants and trees. Some artisans even incorporate recycled or upcycled materials in their commitment to eco-friendly processes. Traditional art forms that are passed down through the generations are often painstakingly made by hand. They are naturally eco-friendly, as they avoid mass production, factory runoff, and industrial waste. This also means that each tapestry is uniquetruly one of a kind.
When it comes to tapestries, function meets style! A handmade tapestry can be a great way to brighten up any living space while providing insulation against the cold. Materials like alpaca and sheep wool create natural warmth by trapping cool air inside the cloth, creating a more stable temperature within the room.
While factory-produced tapestries are increasingly available to consumers, traditional, authentic tapestries are handmade by artisans who often learn the artform from older generations. Skilled makers from the Andes, India, Mexico and Thailand make use of foot-treadle or backstrap looms, where they interweave warp and weft threads and then tamp them down into a tight stitch. An artisan may finish a handmade tapestry by using a needle and thread or a sewing machine for final touches.
Traditional tapestries depict scenes and images which are drawn from the lives and natural environments of the artisans who craft them. Some include geometric designs, like the mandala, which is thought to represent wholeness and symmetry. Others make use of paisley, floral, or leafy patterns, particularly in tapestries from India. Central American tapestries may incorporate geometric motifs, animals, and people, while Mexican tapestries are often colorful with Greca patterns and designs. Thai artisans use symbols that are popular within Thai culture, religious characters, animal scenes, or depictions of human forms. Unique tapestries from the Andes are often vibrant with elaborate scenes that incorporate folklore, village life, and pastoral existence.
The methods for making tapestries vary as widely as the regions from which they come. Because many traditional artisans adopt the methods of their ancestors, they have kept those ancient artforms alive and well. In the Andes, weavers often work on a wooden treadle loom in which they use foot pedals, called treadles, to control the weave of the tapestry. In Central America, the treadle loom and the backstrap loom are both integral to tapestry art. The backstrap loom is one of the oldest techniques which dates back thousands of years, in which one part of the loom is attached to the weaver and the other part is attached to a fixed object (historically, a tree). To create vibrant color, artisans embroider and dye their tapestries with natural plants and pigments. Around the world, weavers use tie-dye, Dabu (the application of wax or gum clay and resin to the cloth to create a diffuse color effect), Batik (an ancient method in which dye-resistant wax is applied to cloth to create select patterns of color), hand embroidery, and patchwork to create unique and diverse tapestry art.
The tapestry is an ancient textile art form that dates back thousands of years to early civilizations in Peru, Egypt, and Thailand. In Peru, skilled weavers used colorful camelid fiber threads to create beautiful tapestries for ritualistic funeral mantles. Ancient Incas wove short tunics (Unku) to show importance and social status. Ancient Egyptians crafted shroud-like tapestries to bury their dead. Tapestries gained international prominence when Europeans began to decorate their castles and churches with elaborate textiles that depicted historical scenes, as well as religious messages. Today, skilled artisans preserve the ancient techniques of their ancestors. In Thailand, for example, silk weavers are renowned for techniques that have been used since the rule of the Angkor kings circa 800 A.D. In Central America, contemporary weavers pay homage to early Mayan artisans who used plants, shells, and even snails to color their first tapestries in the 15th century. In India, where some of the first tapestries were made and the textile industry became the base of their economy, the skills of generations past still live on in modern artisans.
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Made Mulyani Hand-carved wood masks and panels
"My parents and my brother taught me to make sculptures. I started by watching them carving wood at home. I was excited with the final results and worked hard at learning how to create them."
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