The Toolbox Initiative is a volunteer program that collects tools and silver that are given to jewelers in West Africa. For details, photos and information on how to contribute, visit www.ToolboxInitiative.org
Jewelry Techniques of West Africa (DVD and mobile)
Developed innovative ways of working in silver and gold. While the objects are well documented in museums around the world, the artisans and their techniques are not well known outside their communities. For the first time, this video provides access to the workshops of jewelers in Senegal, Guinea, Mali and other countries of West Africa.
In keeping with the apprenticeship traditions of the region, viewers are invited to learn by watching. In this way, the ambiance of the African workshops is preserved. Matthieu Cheminée demonstrates some of the ingenious handmade tools used by these artists, and in the Resources section, he explains some of the basic proceedures that will be especially helpful for craftsmen inspired to practice these techniques.
- Runtime: 135 minutes
- See also: Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa