When you think about Tanzania, you think of art. Art is encompassed in society; it is a part of life. Each tribe has a different way of expressing themselves and each art form is unique and exquisite! Foreigners jump at the opportunity to witness the beauty of Tanzanian art or bring a piece home with them! So come, lets explore Tanzanian art together!
Makonde art is well known in southern Tanzania. One of the countries most well known art forms is wooden sculptures. Usually depicting animals and humans, Makonde art is hand crafted and unique. No two sculptures are exactly the same because each on is hand crafted by a local artist. Sculptures are traditionally hand made using iron tools and ebony wood. Pieces range from naturalistic to abstract. It is very common to find artists making Makonde art in the streets of Dar es Salaam. You can also find it in small shops, hotel giftshops, Kaiako market, and art galleries. If you are willing to pay extra, you can even have a piece designed especially for you!
Tingatinga art is also among the counties most popular styles. The Makua tribe of southern Tanzania first created these colorful art pieces. Tingatinga paintings are known for their small intricate details of villages, nature, and superstitious beliefs. Each painting is filled with bright colors and intricate details. So, close your eyes and find yourself immersed in the artwork! You will be able to find Tingatinga art throughout the country! Ask to have your art piece disassembled and wrapped to accommodate traveling!
Beadwork is another popular art form in Tanzania. Beadwork first began in the Masai villages when women would hand bead colorful, intricate, necklaces to tell a story. Additionally, they would create beaded bowls, mixing spoons, key chains, and earrings. Today, you can still find these hand beaded art pieces at the Masai villages. However, beading has since spread across the country. Although slightly different, you can find a wide variety of beaded artwork from Dar es Salaam to Arusha and everywhere in between!
Another popular way art is expressed is through clothing. Most clothing in Tanzania is designed and stitched by hand. Each clothing piece tells a story and helps you express your mood. Tell a story by wearing a conga, a cultural shirt, or a his and hers outfit you is sure to impress your friends and catch the attention of others!
No matter where you travel in Tanzania, art is sure to find you! From Makonde statues to Tingatinga paints you won’t be disappointed! In the comment section below, tell me what type of art you are most interested in and what you would like to see in our online store!