New York, NY (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
New York based online retailer Cultural Elements bolstered its global collection this week with the addition of a brand new “Authentic African” section comprised of nearly 75 jewelry and home décor items. These new products have been handmade in varying African countries using natural materials, hand tools and traditional workmanship techniques.
The “Authentic African” collection contains many fair-trade jewelry and other products made by hand in places like Kenya, Mali, South Africa, Swaziland, West Africa, and other nations from the world’s second-largest continent. A majority of these creations contain design elements influenced by the rhythmic patterns and practical textures of traditional African tribal life. One example of this trend is evidenced in a new display of beautiful mud cloth pillow cases, table mats and napkins, whose bright primary colors and zigzag patterns echo the fundamental architecture of early African cities and kingdoms.
The “Authentic African” collection also represents the timeless legacy of the African Savannah through several items with distinguishable animal patterns and exotic designs influenced by the natural beauty of the African landscape. A rare collection of Kenyan-made animal horn cuff bracelets features hand painted cheetah and leopard spots, zebra stripes and a subdued ivory wash reminiscent of the color of an elephant’s tusks.
While Africa has undeniably transformed over the centuries, much of its modern day artistic identity still resonates with traditional design and cultural pride. As Cultural Elements explains, “Africa is the cradle of civilization, and its unique cultural identity is adequately represented in the beautiful craftwork of its native people.”
About Cultural Elements:
Cultural Elements is an online store dedicated to creating and preserving “culture-infused living.” Their collection of art, gifts and goods is inspired by history and cultural styles from across the globe. Cultural Elements is pleased to feature the work of skilled artisans from Asia, India, South America, Africa and the United States of America.
Connect with Cultural Elements online at http://www.CulturalElements.com or by visiting their blog or facebook page.