Hello beautiful people. So I got this idea while reading a blog post by Cassie Daves, you can read that here. Tourist behavior will be a serial and the posts under it would be showcasing both the popular tourist destinations, as well as the low-key beautiful places that don’t get enough credit and/or recognition. And kicking off tourist behavior, is a trip to the arts and craft village, Abuja.
If you’re a lover of all things African and artsy, the arts and crafts village is the place for you to be/ go. I first visited this place 4 or 5 years ago and was in and out in about 5 minutes. I made the 2nd trip some days ago with some friends from work (courtesy the ongoing strike in the country) and the 3rd trip, with my aunt and some friends the following day. I took a lot of photos (about 130, not so much) and made a few new friends and had tons of fun and made memories. Win win!
What did I see?
I bonded with this little guy (I can’t recall his name) for about a few minutes, while he was snacking on his groundnuts, before he took refuge in the branches and refused to let me take anymore pictures of him. Talk about diva complex. And apparently he’s for sale too. So, if you’re looking to have a pet monkey, you should head down there.
During the trip, I noticed almost everything sold was made by the people who sold them. I also got to watch some being made. The place is awesome for those who want to get authentic African, made in Nigeria products like; necklaces, bracelets, African fabric, hats, bags, shoes. Even wood work, like this mask I have on here. Peep the sculptures in the background. Remember learning about them in fine arts in secondary school? I also got a little lecture on the history of some of the statues sold and for free!
Paintings were available. You could either purchase already made ones or commission one. I met a few awesome artists and was privileged to watch them make beautiful art. Even though I didn’t hold out to the end because time was against us.
Cowries! Once upon a time, this was money. I got about a handful of these and I’ll be using them for something real soon. Watch out!
From beaded, to woven, to bronze, to stone, to cloth, to leather, their jewellery will get you coming back for more. Take a moment to see how beautiful they are! And all made in Nigeria!
My friend fell in love with their handmade swords. We had to drag her away from the sword stands before she made any purchases.
What did I learn?
It pays to shop/work with a budget, because if I didn’t, my bank account would have been crying for redemption. At the end of the day, I made quite a number of purchases and they were all under N6000.
How to up my bargain game. I got 2 lion tooth necklaces from N7000 at N3000. I’m the real mvp at bargaining now. I should think of becoming a personal shopper! 🙂
How to spot and differentiate between authentic and fake leather. I won’t tell. Take the trip and learn 😉
What did I get?
I got cowries, necklaces, ilekes (waist beads) and bracelets and since I was getting quite an amount, I got them at a discounted rate. I can’t wait to style my future outfits with all these!
The bags are made from snake skin, the cloth cotton and the hat raffia. Time to infuse the local into the modern.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. I look forward to discovering and visiting a new place.
Who’s interested in touring with me?
Where are good spots to hit?
Any ideas on how I can infuse the things I got into my style?
What are your thoughts generally?
Let me know please 🙂