Tag: Africa

Fertility Dolls from Ghana

One of the most distinctive wooden carvings of the Asante people in Ghana, is the small doll with a flat oval-shaped head called akua’ba (‘fertility doll’), a term which goes back to at least the 1920s. Akua’ba dolls are used by women who fear infertility. It is important for african women  to be successful in having children. […]

Batik Made in Africa

The origin of Batik go back a little more than a thousand years. This printing technique is found in several communities in West Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In Africa, where batik was originally imported by Dutch merchants from Indonesia, which back then were called the Netherlands East Indies, they use a paste which is made from starch or […]