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Using African Wheel To Bring Color And Life To Your Home

Jun 12, 2008
When you are looking for a way to bring color, energy and history into your home, you will find that one of the best ways to do so is by looking to decorate with an African motif. More and more people are discovering the ways that they can liven up their environments with these powerful designs, so take a look at some information to get you started. Make sure that you make the most out of any opportunity that you can to take a look at adding these lovely objects to your environment

When you are taking a look at African culture and the goods that come out of that country, the first thing that you will be struck by is the sheer variety. Whether you are thinking of African fabrics or African musical instruments, you will find that the differences and variations could fill an entire library, so make sure that you take a look around at the regional differences. The cloth that you find in Ghana, for instance will be instantly distinguishable from the African fabrics that you find elsewhere.

When you are considering African fabrics, take a look around at some of the variety that you will see. Batik, which uses wax to create some of the most beautifully intricate designs on bright vivid colors are a great way to add a little bit of color to your world, and you'll find that many of these designs are influenced by tribal motifs. They are often hand-dyed, giving them a lively mode color variation and offering a one of a kind piece of art no matter what you intend to use it for. Similarly, you will find that they are often created in small pieces, usually no more than two and four yards, and that they are perfect for decoration.

Similarly, when you take a look at African musical instruments, you will find some wonderful variety waiting for you. Most familiar to many people are the African drums, which can range in use from being musical instruments, to ceremonial objects to a form of highly sophisticated communication. You'll find that African musical instruments will differ depending on which area of the country they are from, for instance, you may find that the slit drums of the Yaka and the Yangere are quite different from the traditional drums of the Yoruba and the Senufro. When looking at the African musical instruments, you will also see a wide variety of wind instruments like trumpets and flutes as well as many types of xylophone and harps.

Remember that when you are dealing with African art that variety is something that you should be on the look out for. Embrace the various types of art you can bring into your life and really experience some of the differences you can find in this amazing field.
About the Author
Ranju Kumar is an assistant to Herman Wheeler who has been collecting and dealing with African art and Crafts for a number of years. Visit http://www.theafricanartwheel.com where you will find an extensive resource on African art and Crafts.
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