How to clean Batik cloth paintings and oil paintings

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The really correct way to clean these is with what is called a “dry sponge” or “dry cleaning sponge” you can get these from cleaning supply companies. They are also not difficult to find online (you can search under dry cleaning sponge). These are not regular sponges, but chemically treated sponges that are used for cleaning oil paintings among other things.

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A simple home remedy for this is to use white bread (like wonder bread from the grocery store). You can scrunch this up like a sponge, and blot the batik painting or oil painting clean this way. Even though this felt a little weird to do, I have done this myself with an oil painting and it worked great.

Click here to view our line of Batik Paintings.

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The Meaning and History of the Maasai Mask

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The powerful and legendary Maasai people group of Africa is one of the most famous groups in African culture. While they are more commonly associated with Kenya, they are also located in Tanzania. They are known for their highly-skilled warriors and their cattle-herding abilities. In fact, in Maasai culture, a man’s wealth is measured in terms of cattle and children. A herd of 50 cattle is a respectable amount, and the more children the better!

Masks like the one shown below were historically used in traditional tribal ceremonies to scare opponenets of the Maasai people. This mask shows the characteristic stretching of the earlobes which is common among the Maasai. Because the Maasai are nomadic, they don’t have the ancestor cults that many African people groups do. They don’t hold any beliefs in survival after death – which is one of the reasons they do not bury their dead. In many African cultures, masks are used in rituals to honor the ancestors, but in Maasai culture the masks were historically worn in traditional ceremonies including celebrations, initiations, crop harvests, and war preparations. The masks often represented the spirits of mythological beings, animals, or spirits.

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In long days past, during ceremonies, a tribal member of the Maasai people would enter a deep trance and deliver a message from the spirit in grunts, broken sentences, or partial phrases. An elder or wise man from the group usually served as an interpreter. Today, these types of ceremonies are often only practiced for tourists as modernism has done away with a lot of the traditional practices. The masks are a way for the Maasai people to make an income and are, for now, mainly used to sell to tourists to provide a livelihood for the carver or artisan.

Where Can I Get My Own Maasai Mask?

We sell Maasai Masks in various sizes at our Africa Imports web page. You can get one in a 9-10″ size, a 11-12″ size, a 5-6″ size, and a 15-16″ size.

The Meaning of Mudcloth and Mudcloth Fashions!

Whether you love to wear mudcloth or decorate and craft with it, mudcloth is surely one of the most intriguing African fabrics. Often referred to as bogalonfini in Africa, this cloth is made using a time-consuming process that involves weaving, dyeing, bleaching, washing, drying, and repeating the process till the cloth is perfect. The amazing thing about mudcloth is that it isn’t just another pretty fabric – each symbol has a meaning and each piece tells a story. Ready to find out more? Check out these two new featurettes on mudcloth fashions and the meaning and making of mudcloth.

Have any thoughts? Let us know in the comments or give us a call at 1-800-500-6120!

Mudcloth Meanings Fashion Featurette

The Meaning of Mudcloth

Small Ghana Fang Mask- Symbol Red

Experience the allure of African art! These Ghanian fang masks were great influences to many famous artists- including Picasso! Continue to share the African culture in your home with this Small Ghana Red Symbol Fang Mask. a-wc973b
No two are alike and none can be specified. Approx. 10”-12” tall. Priced per one. Made in Ghana.

Get your mask today!

 

Click here to find out HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS selling African products!

New catalogs are here.

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Getting ready for the Fall and Winter!

Our NEW Wholesale Catalog is here and our wholesale customers should have received it by now. Not only that but we also have new retail catalogs for both personal care and Clothing available as well for purchase.

You will love this catalog! We have so much more products to sell in this 144 page catalog of totally new fashions, jewelry, artwork, and so much more! Stock up for the hottest time of the year for African products. Find the latest Fashions for the fall with warmer clothing. We are expanding our personal care section to give you more choices for your customers with very popular creams, butters, oils, soaps, and more.

Here we are introducing our new Desired Diva line of beauty products. It’s the hottest new ways to stay beautiful and youthful.

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There is more than just new items, many of our existing items have been marked down in price to give you more of a great thing.

But you don’t need to wait! You can get a digital copy right now on your computer! Here’s how:

To view the catalog in a page-turning PDF viewer, click HERE.
To download different versions of this catalog, click HERE.

To start shopping all the latest arrivals, click HERE!

Summer Wholesale catalog is here!

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Gear up for the summer!

Our NEW Wholesale Catalog is here and is being mailed out to our wholesale customers.

You will love this catalog! We have so much more products to sell in this 144 page catalog of totally new fashions, jewelry, artwork, and so much more! Stock up for the hottest time of the year for African products. Find the latest Fashions for the summer with short dresses and loose clothing. We are expanding our personal care section to give you more choices for your customers with very popular creams, butters, oils, soaps, and more.

There is more than just new items, many of our existing items have been marked down in price to give you more of a great thing.

But you don’t need to wait! You can get a digital copy right now on your computer! Here’s how:

To view the catalog in a page-turning PDF viewer, click HERE.
To download different versions of this catalog, click HERE.

To start shopping all the latest arrivals, click HERE!

Download the New Retail catalog

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The new African Clothing & Artwork retail catalog is currently being printed. However, you can download the pdf to give to your customers.

It’s just in time for the Spring. It is filled with beautiful dresses, kaftans, and dashikis that your customers crave. Moreover it has great new jewelry and artwork and a collection of musical instruments.

Order some and give to your customers with your business card attached for faster sales. Hand them out at festivals or fairs. Give to friends and family.

Have you tried other ways to get more customers? Share you success stories with us!

To download the catalog, go to our main catalogs page here.

Spring Wholesale Catalog Available

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Gear up for Black History Month!

Our NEW Wholesale Catalog is here and is being mailed out to our wholesale customers.

You will love this catalog! We have so much more products to sell in this 144 page catalog of totally new fashions, jewelry, artwork, and so much more! Stock up for the busiest time of the year for African products during Black History Month.

There is more than just new items, many of our existing items have been marked down in price to give you more of a great thing.

But you don’t need to wait! You can get a digital copy right now on your computer! Here’s how:

To view the catalog in a page-turning PDF viewer, click HERE.
To just download a copy of the catalog, click HERE.
To start shopping all the latest arrivals, click HERE!