To complement these acclaimed exhibitions, our new Africa Shop brims with beautiful objects by gifted artists and designers, past and present. From hand-carved ebony jewelry to lustrous raffia textiles, there is something for everyone.
We have collaborated with Aissa Dione on a collection of distinctive raffia and cotton accessories (above), evoking the prestigious luxury cloths in the current special exhibition Kongo: Power and Majesty. Ms. Dione is an award-winning textile designer based in Senegal. She is internationally celebrated for applying her talents to ancestral Mandjaque weaving, a time-honored technique passed down through generations.
The burnished glow of carved ebony, the dark tropical hardwood tree native to Africa, is seen in the shop in the form of handmade jewelry and storage vessels. These appealing pieces were made from ebony wood that was harvested in an eco-sustainable manner, and each is unique.
Also on offer are magnificent vintage kente and Kuba cloths. Among the highest expressions of African weaving artistry, elaborate kente cloths are identified with wealth and status in Ewe and Asante societies. The Kuba cloths are embellished in a range of sophisticated decorative patterns and techniques.
Original works by noted contemporary artists, home accessories, baby gifts, books and maps, and much more can be found in our exclusive Africa Shop, located on the second floor of the Museum. Stop by to explore, or shop our related selections here.