Africanartandcurios.com was created to share with you the magnificent art and crafts of Africa for your joy and for the benefit of artists and craftsmen and their families in Africa.
We are based in Kenya and we source our artwork directly from Africa from countries and work with local artisans with whom we have developed a long standing relationships.
Each of our items comes directly from our manufacturers. We keep a small stock of standard items and purchase specifically for your size and taste. This may take a few days more but by cutting out the middlemen and the overheads of a permanent “bricks and mortar storefront”, we are able to offer you truly affordable prices.
Buying and collecting African art only because it has an “investment” value, and is “traditional”, is very unfair to the many, many thousands (literally) of talented artists and artisans who have made this their only means of income. For these fine people, what they create with their hands is vital to them and their families, and very important to their ability to independently sustain themselves and grow their business. It plays a significant role in what is referred to as the informal sector in African economies.
All our products are made on the principles of Fair Trade which is a market based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability by paying fair prices as well as maintaining social and environmental standards.
We can all make a difference one purchase at a time.
Our mission is to re-imagine the commerce of African art and curios in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.
- We are a mindful, transparent, and humane business.
- We plan and build for the long term.
- We value craftsmanship in all we make.
- We believe fun should be part of everything we do.
- We keep it real, always.