Disney’s Pollyanna was one of my favorite movies growing up, and one of my favorite scenes was the bazar. Displays, food, good times, signing, and a sense of community togetherness. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks to that movie, I have always wanted to go to a bazar… well, two days ago I finally got my chance. Granted, I didn’t get to dress up as part of the American flag (everyone, even Fabienne or the Jones girls were being stinkers and refused to do it with me… sheesh!) or sing “America the Beautiful” in my best British accent, but hey, it was pretty fabulous. It was held at the Dutch ambassador’s residence (HUGE!! and complete with gorgeous gardens and a swimming pool). Vendors from all over Africa and foreign diplomats were selling their wares, and it was really fun to see the varieties in goods.
There were so many beautiful items and the artist in me was in awe over some of the craftsmanship. Seriously – when you consider that all of the jewelry and sculptures were done by hand in various woods and metals, it’s pretty impressive.
So today’s post will basically be a photo essay of my experience. Enjoy!
Touareg jewelry from Niger: hand-etched silver and ebony
French Polynesian carpenter: hand-carved African seating, tables, and drums with a Polynesian twist
Trinkets from Mali, Mauritania and Senegal