AFRIKATELIER / EPA

AFRIKATELIER is a project developed in collaboration with the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) and some craftmen from the Menoua region in Cameroon. The aim of the project was born first from an observation: today, the handicraft is not diversified and struggles to survive in the face of industrial production. Indeed, many objects from African crafts have lost their meaning because they are not used anymore in local life and are only created for the tourist trade. Therefore we went to meet the artisans of the town of Dschang and surrounding villages, with the aim to develop together methods and design tools to diversify their production in the long term, and create objects from the encounter between two cultures and know-how.

Client: EPA (Ecole du Patrimoine Africain)
Photo: Véronique Huyghe
Date: 2009

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