botswana, art of the kalahari brought to the CITIES of USA/ EUROPE
THE ART OF Botswana has shown marks of excellence since the Stone Age. Around the Kalahari Desert, one can explore the paintings by the Khoisan communities which are found to be as old as twenty thousand years. These communities who mostly lived on hunting. Their art displays that action and effort. The figures that mark their artistic works are the animals, hunting weapons and human figures. This tradition of art in Botswana continues till date, but several modern aspects have been adopted. The artists and sculptors of Botswana have established their control over the art of painting and sculpture over the years. The Botswana art is appreciated even in foreign countries.The above painting would have a huge price tag in USA/ ITALY/ FRANCE/SWITZERLAND or GERMANY.
The traditional music of Botswana is a rich form of art. CD's are quite profitable! The different ethnic groups of Botswana have given shape to different forms of folk music in Botswana. The different forms of Botswana folk music include:
Art lovers from all across the world flock to hear the Botswana's musicians play their folk music in the annual festival of Botswana music in the National Music Eisteddfod in Selebi-Phikwe. Why don't we GET THEIR CDs, too, use them as promotional gifts, or wholesale them to dealers by the dozen or by the hundred, get that music covered by radio stations, and create a furor to have dresses that have the BOTSWANA FLAVOR.
The other forms of rural Botswana art are displayed in the various baskets crafted by the village women from Mokola palm and local dyes. Thamaga Pottery and Oodi Weavers are the other notable artistic communities of Botswana, who have contributed to the art of Botswana for years. USE "GOOGLE IMAGE" on these words, take a look at the designs. Imagine what a purse made of such a well woven basket would bring in EUROS or DOLLARS. Imagine a Kalahari pot or design on a pillow or shawl or tapestry The money that such a RARE ITEM would bring in NYC, PARIS or LONDON.
Have you seen the prices that one American dealer gets for a few INDIAN THINGS? She is MARLA MALLETT . A small HINDU cotton purse is 400$. An AFRICAN TEXTILE of cotton can be a thousand dollars! SET UP your own trade route, you who read this. From India to NYC. From BOTSWANA to PARIS or LONDON or SWITZERLAND. We FIND THE chic, European BOUTIQUES via CRAIGS LIST. We DESIGNATE sales agents in every capital of EUROPE, also you send people to Houston, SF/ Seattle, NYC, BEVERLY HILLS and we OFFER things that nobody can get! KALAHARI DESIGNS. Imagine them on a pillow, done in fabric, textile, woven or painted. YOU STUFF the pillow in the BIG CITY where you sell it, not at POINT OF ORIGIN.
LOOK AT THESE IMAGES ^ of the SAN PEOPLE of Botswana --THEY ARE
DONE ON ROCKS! But imagine them on cotton textiles for UPHOLSTERY.
OR PAINTINGS with brilliant colors like the one below.
OR EMBROIDERED ONTO PILLOWS
Better than Picasso's VALLAURIS period!! And those today go for $l00,000 for a bowl of simple French clay Pottery. Imagine it done on a bowl. A textile, background same color as that rock, or that AFRICAN CLAY. CHEAP at l00$, maybe cheap at $250! A little pottery as a second line gives the agents that go out to department stores to hustle dresses, textiles, pillows a fourth separate line to show to head buyer at Bloomingdales or ANTHROPOLOGY.
THE SAN PEOPLE did that kind of art and STILL COULD. Now, you can't pull their art off the desert rocks but you can get those people in Botswana to create it on baskets,bowls fabric, ceramics, plaques. and make it look much the same those people can draw like their ancestors l0,000 years ago. Sell it in Germany Paris, London. You get the money from many small shipments of art to build a BIG life. MANY SMALL trades a dozen things here, a hundred there, add up. EVEN relatively inexpensive things like BASKETS.
Their baskets are so beautiful & intricate that they could sell for l00$ each This is of course, a Kalahari UTILITARIAN ARTICLE for carrying edibles around the desert. However, design adaptation is necessary to get them USEFUL to westerners for carrying wallet, compact, phone book, IPOD and they'd basically need to be flatter, more like a PURSE SHAPE with a longer handle for putting over the shoulder, a stronger handle to carry it through the streets of a modern city and be safe. I wonder what they cost per piece, there --- by the dozen--- in POINT OF ORIGIN. Incredible workmanship. After we obtain a design upgrade, We BUY l00 of them at a time from villagers. Put the entire village to weaving for us. But as in all things involving native designs, the concept is to upgrade and show them examples so they can RE-DESIGN the traditional media so they end up being more 'modern city girl,' like the COACH BAG BELOW. What would the artisans charge? Ten dollars? Could a village even MAKE l00 of them? THE COACH BAG BELOW IS PROBABLY A THOUSAND BUCKS retail in USA. WHY NOT COPY the LINES but utilizing the typical BOTSWANA WEAVE and DESIGN above? Either the villagers line them with cotton or we do that in the capital city before sending to US/ EUROPE.
COACH BAGS CHARGES HUNDREDS FOR THIS PURSE.
MADE IN AFRICA? $19.95 with cotton print lining. ADD the STRAPS in a USA LEATHER FACTORY.
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