The colorful Maasai are well known in Kenya, however, some are also settled in Tanzania and are believed to be over 3,000 years old. The Maasai are considered to be one of East Africa’s most internationally well-known tourist attractions. Most of them practice nomadic pastoralism while others are working in the tourism sector, displaying their culture to tourists
Intricate. Unique. Durably elegant. These are a few of the words that embody the hand-crafted jewelry made by Astoria artist Celeste Olivares.
Waist beads are traditional accessories made from seeds, glass beads or crystal stones worn around the waist. Waist beads have been worn by African women as a symbol of femininity and prosperity for centuries and it is believed to have been in existence since the 15th century.
The chemical composition of glass beads and their morphological characteristics can reveal where they come from. Archaeologists from the University of Geneva analyzed glass beads found at rural sites in Mali and Senegal from between the 7th and 13th centuries AD. The scientists demonstrate that the glass they are made of probably came from Egypt, the Levantine coast and the Middle East. The results show that international trade linking Africa to Europe and Asia during was connected with local and regional trade.
A newly discovered treasure trove of more than 10,000 colorful glass beads, as well as evidence of glassmaking tools, suggests that an ancient city in southwestern Nigeria was one of the first places in West Africa to master the complex art of glassmaking, scientists reported.
Recently her work was on display on the cover of fashion magazine Glamour, when she braided and styled TV personality and rapper Boity Thulo.
The month of May is a celebration of what it means to be African to deepen and expand our knowledge, engage in cultural exchanges and sharpen our ideas, but also to come together as one.
From art pieces such as, ‘Oduduwa’, ‘Yemoja’, ‘Ere Ibeji’ as well as royal paraphernalia like shoes, ‘irukere’ (horse whisk), and others; Olafisoye flaunts his vast knowledge of the cultural and spiritual world of African tradition. And the fashion accessories are meant for traditional chiefs and kings based on categorisation.
As a proud African and a lover of our culture, I admire women in ankle bracelets because it portrays their identity and beauty as African Queens, while promoting the African culture. Wearing of ankle bracelet is an art of our culture not evil.
These giant trees can grow to be as old as 2 500 years and dominate areas in southern Africa where people lived in ancient times. They may also help us understand our climate-challenged present.