CHIWARA [KEE-WAA-RA] LS
THE ORIGIN OF CHIWARA
The great and mighty Mali empire of Africa represents one of the earliest expressions of human civilization and within this Ancient culture lies the origin of the legend of Chiwara (pronounced Kee-Waa-Ra)
According to the saga, Chiwara was half man, half antelope and the first being to teach mankind (The Bambara people of Mali) the self-sustaining techniques of agriculture or the ability to “feed oneself”. One of the four pillars of civilization (i.e. food, clothing, shelter and protection).
The chiwara tradition remains one of the most widely recognized forms in all of African art.
We, at HM-CCC want to carry on this ancient tradition by re-introducing the image of “Chiwara” into society through our clothing and other various cultural items.
Seeing Chiwara conjures the spirit of gratitude, unity and most of all, prosperity. Qualities that are needed more than ever in our lives today……….