Makola Market Scene Cotton Batik Wall Hanging
Makola Woman, Makola Market Scene Cotton Batik Wall Hanging
Gladys Ayorkor AyiGhanaian artist Gladys Ayorkor Ayi designs and creates this beautiful cotton wall hanging using time-honored batik methods, where a wax resist is used to create the patterns. The orange and brown wall...$99.99
Artist: Gladys Ayorkor Ayi
Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Peruvian Market
Market Splendor, Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Peruvian Market
Leonor QuispeThe market stalls are bursting with colorful flowers and sumptuous fruits and vegetables in this hand made arpillera wall hanging by artisan Leonor Quispe of Peru. The artist fills this wall hanging...$144.99
Artist: Leonor Quispe
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
Handcrafted African Threadwork Wall Art of Village Scene
Village Scene, Handcrafted African Threadwork Wall Art of Village Scene
Ernestina Oppong AsanteThis work of threadwork art from Ernestina Oppong Asante depicts a woman headed back to her village after a busy day. She carries a baby on her back and holds another child by the hand while balancing...$59.99
Artist: Ernestina Oppong Asante
Going to Market
Hand Crafted African Silk Threadwork Wall Art
Going to Market, Hand Crafted African Silk Threadwork Wall Art
Kwesi Addoegyir ArhinIn a theme so ubiquitous as to be considered iconic, three West African women go to the market, carrying baskets of goods on their heads. Artist Kwesi Addoegyir Arhin of Ghana creates the composition...$119.99
Artist: Kwesi Addoegyir Arhin
Early Morning Marketgoers
Signed Batik Painting of Marketgoers from Ghana
Early Morning Marketgoers, Signed Batik Painting of Marketgoers from Ghana
Samuel Ashong"The early bird gets the worm," says Ghanaian artist Samuel Ashong. He uses the batik method for this painting, diligently applying a wax resist to cotton calico before dyeing it to depict a...$159.99
Artist: Samuel Ashong
Hand Crafted Floral Wool Tapestry Wall Hanging
Flower Sellers, Hand Crafted Floral Wool Tapestry Wall Hanging
Nilda Amaro OscanoaShaded by wide-brimmed hats, women arrange brilliant bouquets of roses, daisies and arum blossoms in the Peruvian sierra. Nilda Amaro Oscanoa portrays a peaceful hamlet high in the Andes on a tapestry...$229.99
Artist: Nilda Amaro Oscanoa
Makola Woman I
Market Scene West African Cotton Batik Wall Hanging
Makola Woman I, Market Scene West African Cotton Batik Wall Hanging
Gladys Ayorkor AyiWith the day's wares balanced on her head, a West African woman goes to the Makola market in Accra. This unique cotton wall hanging is the work of Gladys Ayorkor Ayi, who uses time-honored batik...$99.99
Artist: Gladys Ayorkor Ayi
Market Scene Wall Decor(14 items)
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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.
Kwesi Addoegyir Arhin Handcrafted thread-work wall art
"A family member who works in thread and I used to watch him. I was amazed at how he applied threads one by one to create eye-catching compositions."