West African Batik Collage Wall Art, "Damba Dance"
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Poised on one foot, a graceful dancer whirls to a dance with the Damba tribe of northern Ghana. Dressed in a single cloth of batik, he wears beads and feathers on ankles and arms, and holds a traditional tool covered in kente cloth. Emmanuel Atiemoh Yeboah creates the exquisite scene in silhouette. "First and foremost, I assemble my working tools, after which I sketch images on the calico cloth," Yeboah explains. "With the sketches done, I sprinkle red and green oil paints on the calico cloth to give it a simple colorful background. I then cut out particular places I intend to replace with batik, which are later glued together. Afterwards, I dry and frame my collage work."
Mixed media, this work of art comes in a frame of tweneboa wood.
Emmanuel Atiemoh Yeboah has received 6 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $200 and the most recent for $300. Proceeds were used to stock up on calico, batik fabrics and other materials to create new works.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.