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Meet Mark Phiri
African folklore tells a tale about a noble man, a Malawian chief who married an African queen from the Mwangawa village. The chief loved his three daughters but his heart ached for a son. And so he left his home to fast and pray in the wilderness – a wild, wild wilderness, home to leopards an...
Ethiopia's remote tribes
On the 20 August the tales of two great explorers collide. Renowned photographer, David Ballam recently returned from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia where he captured an unbelievable portrait series on some of the world’s last unspoilt tribes. Mark Valentine lets us in on his secrets to successf...
David Ballam, photography, black mambas and waking up under mosquito nets
David Ballam is a true artist explorer, a photographer on the hunt for that next great shot. It’s no surprise that his work has found a home in our Kramerville warehouse. Alongside good coffee and a game of darts, Dave has an appreciation for solitude. His lone-ranger instinct has led him all ...
The story behind your Nguni hide
Throughout the ages, Nguni cattle have formed a vital part of the Zulu’s aesthetic and spiritual heritage. The lure and uniqueness of each cow’s skin called for a remarkable cataloging in the tribe’s oral poetry and storytelling.     The metaphorical interaction betwee...
African beads and their history
From the earliest times nomadic tribes have used beads for adornment, magic and bartering. Beads are some of Africa’s oldest artifacts, unlikely to erode like other crafts. African artisans continue to create beautiful beadwork unique to their tribe or region.     NUPE TRIBAL NECK...
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