Archive | November, 2015

How countries in West Africa celebrate Christmas

With Christmas is just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at how different countries in West Africa celebrate the holiday. Christianity has been on the continent since the middle of the first century, and approximately 350 million Africans follow the religion. By now people have developed their own unique holiday traditions that […]

Types of West African Masks

There are a huge variety of mask types found in West Africa. Masks range from very detailed and accurate figures to the very abstract, and can be classified into the following basic types. Face mask This most common mask type is used throughout West Africa. They can be secured to the face in several ways. […]

West African beads

From colonial times to the present day, the main area of glass bead manufacture is West Africa. Ghana is regarded as the Bead Production Capital of the World. We hand pick our beads with an eye for quality and beauty from our long standing trade partner Mohammad, who trades from Agbogbloshie Market in greater Accra, the capital […]

Bwa people of Burkina Faso

The Bwa or Bwaba (plural), or Bobo-Wule (Bobo-Oule), are an ethnic group indigenous to central Burkina Faso. They are known for their use of masks, made from leaves or wood, used in performative rituals. Burkina Faso is a small, landlocked country north of Ghana and south of Mali and Niger. Culturally, it is extremely rich. In […]

Bolga Basket Care Guide

Your fresh and fabulous basket will be flat packed and will need some life breathed into it. The good news is that the care instructions are simple. Soak the basket. This can be done in the sink, bath or under the shower. Work the reed. The reed becomes malleable when soaked. Work them gently and start forming […]

Top five gift ideas

1.Bolga baskets Our baskets are by far the most popular items we sell and with good reason. Made to last, our baskets can be used for a variety of purposes. We offer many different colour combinations and shapes – ranging from round, large and small sizes, there’s a basket to suit anyone!   2.Masks or […]

Voodoo dolls

Voodoo (Vodun) is a derivative of the world’s oldest known religions which have been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. The word “voodoo” comes from the West African word “vodun,” meaning spirit. West African voodoo is practiced by about 30 million people, and is most prominant in nations like Ghana, Benin and […]

West African Batiks

African batiks were pioneered by the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria and the Wolof of Senegal. Eventually blending with similar mediums from Asia, batiks have become highly cherished across West Africa. Blending traditional and contemporary techniques, designs can portray everything from marital status to political, religious beliefs and cultural stories. Prints range from abstract geometry to […]