An African Christmas

If you are looking to have your Christmas decorations really stand out this year, why not try some African Adornment made my local artisans? These pieces will not only be a great conversation starter, but will also bring in the essence of creativity and appreciation of Modern African Culture right into your home!

The African Christmas Tree

Whether you are able to get your hand on one of these statement Christmas trees, or you are looking for a different way to adorn your store-bought / freshly-cut tree, these African adornments will make all the difference!

Christmas tree made of natural Kenyan materials by Kenyan artist Stephan Munga.  

African Heritage ornaments include designs of hand painted gourds, Aluminium ornaments in Maasai and Turkana designs as well as hand painted and incised gourds. 

In the Background:

Red and black Maridadi hand printed fabric in Lamu design under old Fulani leather bag from the Sahara Desert.

Christmas tree by Kenyan artist Stephan Munga created of natural Kenyan materials with African Heritage Christmas ornaments.

Sisal Christmas tree by Makena Mwiraria and Turkana aluminium leaf ornaments by Alan Donovan and Raymond Nyamodi

Looking for something different and eclectic for your garden / pool house? A Sisal Christmas tree will definitely do it for you. We also take a closer look at various African ornaments you can use to decorate various parts of your home made from Incised Kamba gourds, Maasai miniature beaded wedding necklace and beaded earrings, Natural branch Christmas balls, Kenyan soapstone hippos, Earrings in bone and aluminium by Alan Donovan, Banana fibre and sisal angel by artist Harold Kangethe, Maazai beaded rings, carved calabash gingerbread men amongst other adorable knick-knacks. 

African-Inspired Christmas Decor

A few delicate touches of African fabric, tied in with modern Christmas decorations and running lights in complimentary colours and tones will instantly bring Christmas cheer into your home.

Fireplace adorned with a strip of hand woven Kente cloth from Ghana; a showplace for Christmas cards. and mementos with African Heritage Christmas angels.

Strips of hand woven royal Ashanti Kente cloth from Ghana adorn a fireplace.

Christmas tree of natural Kenyan materials by artist Stephan Munga.

African Heritage aluminum angels and zebras adorn a fireplace.

The blue glass trophy is Alan Donovan’s second life time achievement award from Africa Hand Made for his life’s work in preserving and protecting African art and culture.

African Fine Dining

Beautiful African-Inspired table settings are very simple to put together; it all starts with the base.

Kenya khanga table spread.

Mud cloth patterned placemats by Alan Donovan.

Christmas candleholder by artist Stephan Munga.

Plates and bowls by Eastleigh Community Centre.

Batik bone cutlery by African Heritage.

Soapstone bowl on saucer in Lotus design by African Heritage.

Masaai beaded glasses by Sandy Price.

Maasai beaded napkin ring from African Heritage.

Maridadi hand printed Kenyan fabric in black on red Lamu pattern used in table spread and napkins.

Ceramic plate in design of Yoruba hunter by artist Nike Seven of Nigeria.

Beaded glasses and beaded poinsettia decoration by Sandy Price.

Christmas candleholder in natural fibres by artist Stephan Munga.

Woven cotton basket napkin rings with tiny wooden animal inside by African Heritage.

Wooden chargers from African Heritage House.

Papyrus furniture from Kakamega furniture makers.

Cushion covers of woven Bakuba cloth from DRC.

Christmas Wreath’s

A few natural materials, well put together with a touch of African adornment and a splash of red, or course, will get you the perfect African Christmas Wreaths to welcome people into your home in authentic style.

Christmas wreath of banana fibre and natural materials by Kenyan artist Stephan Munga

Christmas wreaths of banana fibre and natural materials by Kenyan artist Stephan Munga on Lamu doors

Christmas wreaths of natural Kenyan materials by Kenyan artist Stephan Munga

African Heritage Christmas ornaments

Christmas angels and Father Christmas made of banana fibre and sisal by artist Harold Kangethe

Hand printed fabrics by Maridadi and African Heritage

The wooden plates which support the Christmas wreaths are divination boards from the Yoruba of Nigeria.

Whichever direction you take… Perhaps a mash-up of African and Western ornaments… Enjoy the process of decorating your home and office. 

Happy Holidays! 

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