A happy guest at the Victoria Falls craft market

A happy guest at the Victoria Falls craft market

For the visitor to Zimbabwe there are so many special experiences available. One such is the rich variety of arts and crafts on display in galleries, exhibitions and markets.

“Because of the large number and variety of talented artists, whether  painters, potters, cloth designers, woodcarvers, sculptors, or wire and metal workers amongst  others, competition is strong, and this results in a generally high standard of work.”

It soon becomes evident that among Zimbabweans, there is a wealth of artistic and creative talent. Local artists exhibit their paintings countrywide and popular tourist destinations have their own craft markets.     Harare, Bulawayo and other centres have many such places, easily accessible to visitors who will find the exhibitors and vendors are often the artists themselves.

Many interesting stone sculptures can be seen.  There are a variety of skilfully carved wooden articles in the form of ornaments, dishes, bowls and other attractive and useful objects. See the colourful dyed and painted tablecloths, aprons, cushion covers and wall-hangings, all individually crafted.  Enjoy the life sized metal sculpted wild animals which have recently become an attractive feature on some of the traffic islands in Harare. There are also smaller painted metal lifelike birds and animals, often used as features in gardens.

There are wonderful displays of clay pots in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Of further interest are the basket-work objects, woven furniture, and wooden garden seats and tables.   There are toys made of wire such as cars and tractors, and small crafted wire and plastic birds, animals and  keyrings which make original and easily transported gifts.

There is an opportunity to view and buy beautiful handmade pottery and precious finely crafted silverware.

Because of the large number and variety of talented artists, whether  painters, potters, cloth designers, woodcarvers, sculptors, or wire and metal workers amongst  others, competition is strong, and this results in a generally high standard of work.

These objects are hand crafted in Zimbabwe and in this age of mass production, a testament to the talent, skill and ingenuity of the people.

From : Vayeni.com

By : Jennifer Brown