It would not be an odd thought that decorating the body, crafting jewellery and, more generally, spending time on beauty was a sign of abundance of ressources in a community. However, decorations and handicrafts are seldom only a cherry on the top but most often […]
Summer equals festival season – but what should you wear if you don’t want to be caught dead in a ‘bøllehat’?
Summer is finally upon us! And as the days become longer and warmer it becomes important to take precautions when stepping outside in the harsh scorching sunlight. For years Danish authorities have been trying to get Danes to take care and seek shelter from the […]
English playwright Arthur Wing Pinero said that ‘where there’s tea there’s hope’. In many societies, drinking tea is a social event; sometimes even a ritual; something to gather around, something that organises the day, a tradition, a cultural practice. And around the globe, tea is […]
So, you know how we often expect men to do the hard physical labour and women the more delicate stuff. Well, when it comes to this calabash, those roles are turned around. Nigerian women use their calabashes to carry food and other goods on their […]
Nigerian handcraft here offers an example of an African pair of slippers – here are Tuxen’s sparse notes on this pair: “Mandingo sandals from Nigeria, bought for the price of 20 Danish Crowns from antiquity trader Suude in Copenhagen, on September 12th 1957. No further information. Six […]