Thursday, August 1, 2013

Afro comb workshop

For those of us who love the beauty and craftsmanship of antique African combs - not to mention their rich culture and history (and I know there are many of us)....

Here's a quick look at two beautiful pieces:

Ashanti comb, Ghana. Early 20th century.

Kulango Comb, Ivory Coast
You'll also be pleased to know that The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is holding a series of events and activities until October as part of their Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition which is currently under way. I wrote about the exhibition just recently and why it's a must-see!
Yesterday one of the events held at the Fitzwilliam was especially for children and families and was conducted by K.N. Chimbiri, who wrote a companion piece to the exhibition entitled Secrets of the Afro Comb, 6000 years of art & culture.
She revealed fascinating and beautiful combs like the ones above that have been used over generations. Participants were asked to bring their own afro combs and to take part in actitivities around the exhibition. Chimbiri was also on hand to sign copies of her book.

Participants also got to create and admire their own afro comb prints....

There are more events to come at the Fitzwilliam, including hair braiding demos, a lecture on natural past and present, and a discussion on the art and materials surrounding the Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition.

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