For my latest installment of Curated Living, I take a look at Yoruba Beaded Nobility Chairs.
The Yoruba people have an immense history in the visual arts and functional arts. From metalworking such as bronze sculpted Ife head statues to handwoven ceremonial fabrics, the Yoruba have been left a beautiful mark. My latest obsessions are Yoruba Beaded Nobility Chairs. These intricate chairs were reserved for nobility and crafted to preserve folklore and tradition as well as the king’s legacy. The wooden frames are layered with canvas fabric that has been hand-beaded with vivid, and often colorful, designs.
These Yoruba Beaded Nobility Chairs display plant and floral motifs, animal symbolism and geometric patterns. The repetition of pattern signifies the interconnection of all life and the flow of the natural world. Each piece takes days to construct and requires a high level of craftsmanship. Even with natural wear and tear, these chairs hold up beautifully over time and add an elegant touch to any space, indoor or out.
ADDITIONAL YORUBA BEADED NOBILITY CHAIRS
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