African Art

Various art categories come with different themes that make them stand out from the rest. These art themes are actually used to express the culture and the place of origin from which this art originated. These forms of art go ahead to represent the things that are synonymous and are of significance to that culture.

African Oil painting: Village SistersWhen it comes to African art, there are different themes that are expressed through art; these themes go with either the season, birth of a child, and even art to show the concept of a family. However, there are four themes that are very common in African art. These four themes are done to show an all rounded African culture. These four art cultures include:

A couple: The most common African art theme is that of a couple, this theme is used as a representation of African ancestors known as the founders of the African community. This art theme was shrines and sculptures for ceremonies. This couple African culture theme is used to show strength and honor between these two people who unit to for a community.

Mother and child: This is the second common African art theme that is used to represent mother earth and the people as her children. This art theme is also used to show the value that the African people do see in motherhood and the relationship between the mother and their children.

Male carrying weapon or animal: This African art theme reflects honor and respect for the departed ancestors. This art theme is done in the form of sculpting of either the man and the spear or a man and an animal which is used to signify the status of the money. Ownership of animals in the African culture signifies honor, power and wealth.

Stranger: In the African culture, a stranger is perceived as somebody who may belong to a different tribe or one who is not welcome to the clan. The Art work done on a stranger depicts very strange exaggerated physical differences that clearly show there is a difference between the tribe and the stranger.

African Tribal Mask

African Mask - OnkasaAfrican tribal masks are used to show symbolism and a reflection of an African heritage. African tribal masks are things that are rife with deep meanings and at times they may require the expertise of an African scholar to deduce the deep meaning held within the mask.

Many people use African tribal masks as decorative pieces to decorate their homes or even offices. But at times it’s better to learn and understand the meaning of the tribal mask before you are attracted to purchase one for its attractive appearance.

African tribal masks are being purchased in a majority of online stores that deal with African artifacts; you can also visit museums that hold African art to comprehend the meaning of the tribal mask and see whether the mask is a worthy purchase.

African Sculptures and African Art Paintings

Almost every masterpiece of art of the African origin carries a significant story. Various African sculptures anAfrican Sculpture Sanbrad African art paintings are made to portray a certain message that either exists in the culture or once existed in the African culture.

Art sculptures and African art paintings are very attractive and a majority of the people that purchase them use them as decorative piece mounted on their walls and the sculptures are placed at a specific location in the house or office where visitors will marvel at their beauty.

Traditional African Clothing

The world is changing on a very high speed scale. Every since a black man was elected as leader of the free world, there has been quite a tremendous interest in African fashions globally. Generally, clothes are considered to be a way of expressing of who we are.

A majority of traditional African clothing wearers celebrate their African heritage through a variety of African clothing styles. The variety of African clothes is considered to be an ethnic way that employs both versatility and diversity to prove unto others who the people are and what they are about.

Africa is a huge continent with over a billion people that have very different backgrounds and cultures. So the clothing from different regions of the continent of Africa shows the different cultures and diversity that the African people have.

African Dashiki (DS1)

The most common traditional African clothing include the: Dashiki: These African clothes are made from colorful unique garments such as tunica that cover the upper part of the body. The dashikis are most adorned by West African men. Dashikis are adorned in both formal and informal occasions. All Africans of various religions (Christian, Muslim and Indigenous traditional religions) all adorn Dashikis.

The best way to adorn a Dashiki is by matching it with drawstring pants. Many bridegrooms love adorning these garments for their wedding ceremonies.

Boubou: This is traditional African clothing that is worn with matching pants alongside along robe that cover the outfit. This is a common piece of garment that is commonly worn by Muslims, and by many Africans in Francophone countries. And in the western world these garments are popularly worn during Kwanzaa celebrations.

A kufi is a traditional form fitting West African hat that is adorned by older men and they are worn to represent status of a wise and respected leader in their community.

African Clothing for Men

Traditional Men Shirt (CMN10)

As the rest of the world is busy getting fashion trends from designers, African men set the trends themselves by adorning clothing that signify their rich culture. West Africans are the ones who mostly adorn African attire that sets the trend worldwide.

Ceremonial dresses of the Nigerians and Senegalese people adorn full garment clothes that are made of quality fabrics. The fabrics are made from pure and very high quality cotton that never shrinks even after washing.

Plenty of African designers have taken the cultural garments and turned them into quality fashionable clothes that can be worn for everyday use. The clothing are at times made long for specific functions such as weddings, funerals, birthday celebrations and baptism.

Other designers are incorporating traditional African clothing attires and blending them with western attires such as a long linen top that can be worn with shorts and sandals for people planning on an afternoon on the beach.

During summer, these long dresses are worn with only a pair of boxers inside for they pass for formal and informal occasions and the wearer is left feeling comfortable because of the free air getting in and out.

African Clothing for Women


A majority of African women who still wear traditional clothing prefer adorning long flowing linen dresses. These dresses are styled in ways that they fit the wearer perfectly allowing them a chance to flaunt their figures and sense of style. The children are not left behind too for you will find long flowing garments that make up clothes for them and they come out looking sharp in African attire!