Hafrishop is an online retail company working directly with artisans in Africa to bring you authentic handcrafted jewelries, home décor and gifts. Our warehouse is located in Sugar Land, Texas. We work with a network of hundreds of artisan partners spanning several African nations which include but not limited to Nigeria, Benin, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Cameroon, South Africa, Egypt and Congo. Our products are imported from Africa directly to our warehouse in Texas. At Hafrishop, we take great pride in being able to provide authentic African handcrafted products. We offer some of the best products from Africa that can improve the looks of any home or workplace. Investing in beautiful art and antiques from Africa enhances the look of your home and gives an appearance that you and your visitors can enjoy for many years to come. Here is the wide assortment of attractive items our very large store offers:
African soapstone also known as kisii soapstone comes from Kisii County in southwestern Kenya. Soapstone is one of the softest known minerals, making it easy to carve. While it can be found all over the world, Kenyan soapstone is considered unique and naturally comes in different colors. White and pink colored soapstone is softer and easier to work with, while black soapstone is the hardest.
Once the soapstone is mined, it is then fashioned into different household accents. Craftsmen carry out this work using only simple tools. Large knives known as Pangas are used to break large soapstone rocks into smaller pieces. Hammers, chisels, files, and smaller knives are reserved for more detailed work. Sometimes craftsmen immerse the soapstone in water, making it slightly softer and easier to carve. Once a piece is finished, it is then sanded and polished. Depending on the piece, the soapstone can also be dyed and painted in bright beautiful colors. Men are in charge of mining and carving while women are responsible for sanding, dyeing, painting, and polishing.
Most Kenyan soapstone is mined, carved and sold by members of the kisii tribe, also known as Gusii tribe. They originally used soapstone for domestic purposes, creating bowls and baskets for their homes. Now, the soapstone is used to make statues, figurines, paperweight and more! It has become the main source of income for many families, with beautiful soapstone creations sold throughout Kenya and as part of the worldwide market.
WOOD & BRONZE SCULPTURES
Our collection of wood and stone carvings, bronze figurines, modern recycled metal and flip flop art showcases the immense talent and creativity of African artisan. Our online store aims to share their unique skills and creativity around the world. Hafrishop aims to culturally enrich your home by providing it with the ambience of one-of-a-kind handmade art home décor products that have significant cultural narratives.
We have a selection of African jewelry handcrafted by different artists from different countries within Africa. Traditional African jewelry has always played an important part not only in traditional ceremonies but also in the daily lives of both male and female Africans. Beads are the most commonly used item with making African jewelry and can be dated back thousands of years. Beads were first made from wood or stone and even seeds were used that would be dyed certain colors that were symbolic to that tribal group or clan.
African jewelry is not only worn as a fashion accessory but also to show status of the wearer. Our jewelry is inspired by modern Africa, combining traditional craft with 21st century values.
Contemporary African art has long been a topic of contention. For a time, there was even a heated debate around the very existence of contemporary art in Africa. Nevertheless, artists hailing from continent have continued to create despite conditions of invisibility and marginalization. Now more than ever, interest in contemporary African art is picking up and its artists are getting recognition both at home and internationally.
Our paintings are created by artists who are members of the African Art Gallery Association, representing a mix of trailblazing young people creating groundbreaking work and artists recently discovered by the art world.
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