Art & Craftwork
Art and Craftwork have a fundamental place in the African Culture and are narrowly connected to Religion. The African art is based on harmony, rhythm, form and intent, meaning the impact of every piece of art or craftwork equalizes the beauty. In ancient times craftworks and art were mainly use for the ancestor cult or as jewelry. Today African Art and craftwork is mainly for the purpose of decoration.
The Ivorian craftwork ist amongst the most multifaceted in West Africa. Each ethnique group has it own craftwork. in Côte d’Ivoire the Baoulé, from the Akan group, the Dan or Yacouba from the Mandé and the Senoufo from the Voltaic, are best known for their art work. Learn more
There are more than sixty ethnic groups living in Ivory Coast, each with their beliefs, traditions and cultural particularities. These particularities are reflected in the architecture, the art and craftwork, the music, chanting and dance, specically in the mask dance. People in every region are very friendly and hospitable, what is mirrored in the their particular cultural practices.
Mucic, chanting, dancing and masks dance are a source of collective festivities and for social integration. They are furthermore a medium for communication with the ancesters and an integrant part of the African culture in Côte d’Ivoire as well as in whole Subsaha Africa. There are various culturals celebrations in every parts of the country all year around. The most popular are the Massa at the heart of the economical capital Abidjan, “La Perle des Lagunes”, the Popo carnaval of Bonoua, the Abissa in Grand-Bassam, the danse of Poro with the Sénoufo, principally in Korohgo and the mask festivities in Man and surroundings. Learn more
In the past and today, oral tradition plays a predominant role in the transmission and sharing of knowledge. It was also a tool for education in the African society in the past. The tale, the most wide spread and valued form of oral tradition is mainly used by families living in rural areas.
As a child my grand mother and her younger sister used to tell us tales. Particularly on the weekend nights and during holidays we were told captivating tales. I still have memories of the fascinating and enchanting tales nights. Learn More
The Ivorian cuisine is very divers and mostly spicy. As most countries in Africa there is a variety of extremly delicious dishes in Côte d’Ivoire. Among the most famous you have foutou, attiéké, attoukpou or alloco. Foutou a mixture of punded plantain and manioc or just yam. It is usually eaten with various sauces such as peanuts sauce, palm nuts sauce, biécosseu (hot chilli sauce) with kedjénou or djoumgblé (dried okra sauce). The sauces are usually served with vegetables, fish or meat. The kedjénou is either stewed fish or meat with vegetables served with rice, foutou or attieke. Another favored dish is attiéké, steamed manioc semolina. Attoukpou is a variety of attiéké but with a more compact texture. Learn more
Music serves many purposes in the african society. It a way for communicating with the ancestors, for transmitting a message, for social integration or for entertainment. Traditional african music is dominated by rhythm and values. Rhythm is the force from which emanates the life essence, its vital force, its structure, it is a guide to cultivate the mind. In fact in the African tradition to sing and to play an instrument have the same function, as drumming is also expressing oneself. Learn more