Nigeria’s Growing Modernism in Arts and Crafts

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Nigerian culture and arts is an enriched heritage with shared values and love for its nature and surroundings. The people of Nigeria are the prime symbol of compassion, who still carry its most ancient skill sets, beliefs, and especially craftsmanship.

Even before civilization, when Nigeria was only composed of communities, they would draw the energy and inspiration from their surroundings. They used to channel all their imaginations into arts and crafts. The behavioral patterns of the nature around them helped the people of Nigeria to communicate, share ideas, and perform rituals and artistic expressions.

Evolution of Art and Crafts in Nigeria

As the oldest indigenous communities walked the soils of Nigeria with natural intelligence, they left behind a culture for the future generations to cling to. All their expressions took the form of extremely visual arts of variety.

As time went by, people grew better instincts and acquired further skills of forming better ways to communicate. Not only that, but back in the day, the indigenous people also brought pops of colors and wild patterns in their daily lives. Arts and crafts could be found in the most practical things such as belongings and clothes.

The evolution of arts and crafts brought upon a more commercial change. The global recognition it has is quite spectacular as Nigeria attracts tourists, collectors, and curators from all over. The country has treasure troves where you can find multifunctional items, decoratives, and souvenirs to collect and take back.

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Keeping the Tradition Alive

The people of Nigeria take pride in their craft because they’re truly one of a kind. Whether they were inspired by their daily lives, or continue to carry the legacy of their ancestors, it is no longer isolated and a regional secret. Local arts, crafts, designs, and styles have reached overseas and gained global recognition.

Of their most prized crafts, basketry, pottery, carving, weaving, leatherwork, and dyeing are the strongholds that sustain Nigeria’s tradition. The ideas and artistic style keeps the economic flow running. As more global interest grows, Nigerian artists and entrepreneurs take initiatives with a potential breezy future.

How It Became Contemporary

As history paints a colonized picture of Nigeria, during the 19th century, European capitalization brought upon new ways. This helped to cultivate the tradition, keeping the craftsmanship in practice. As a result, Nigerian goods became export material, however, with limited opportunities for black artists and craftsmen.

The days of Nigerian arts and crafts being looked down upon as only exotic materials made in underprivileged communities took a turn. Due to the rising global interest towards the taste and culture of African arts, Nigerian entrepreneurs took off with their dreams.

Colorful visions measured to become bespoke luxury goods as these black-owned brands created and developed their own presence in the global market.


Going Forward

Now that Nigeria’s culture and its traditional goods have become quite the phenomenon, there are continuous efforts to preserve its cultural heritage. The arts and crafts scene in Nigeria continues to break stereotypes and overcome colossal challenges to modernize.