The Difficulties of Finding Authentic Cultural Art in the UK
When it comes to finding authentic cultural items in the UK, it can be quite challenging and frustrating. Especially when looking to add something meaningful that is unique and colourful to the living space. While there is no shortage of prints and mass-produced goods that are marketed as "cultural", it can be difficult to find the real deal - the handcrafted goods that add a sense of real colour, flavour and diversity to the home. Something with more soul than the flat-pack furniture dominating the market today.
One of the main issues we have found is that many people don't even see authentic cultural items as an option in their homes because they are so poorly advertised in today's globalised world. The closest we get to anything we feel is "cultural" normally comes in the form of a print or an imitation item that has no real benefit from the years of tradition and skill that go into handmade cultural items. In reality, most items we purchase are often produced in factories with little regard for the traditions and techniques that have been passed down through hundreds of generations.
The problem with this approach is that it takes away from the heart and soul of the culture that the item represents. When we buy mass-produced cultural items, we're not really connecting with the people and traditions that created them.
- Our vision for your home
Thankfully, we truly believe there are ways to brighten up the home space and also support artisans from around the world. There are many options to work with in the home that can be great value for money. From African Jacaranda Giraffe sculptures hand sculpted in Kenya to Anatolian chandeliers that will illuminate any room. These Items are made to last for generations and will be cherished for years to come.
Zambezi Gallery is a curated collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase the history and diversity of different cultures. We work directly with artisans and small businesses to bring you high-quality, ethically-made items that will add personality and warmth to any space.
From our handmade antique Turkish rugs to our meticulously drawn Indian Madhubani art, each item has been specially curated to showcase the true soul behind each culture.