Local Art: Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center) has a collection of typical Cape Verdean art and crafts; Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center) has a collection of typical Cape Verdean art and crafts — this creative space is part museum and part gallery with a permanent exhibit on the art of weaving; Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

The culture in Cape Cerde (Cabo Verde) reflects the diversity of the ethnic and cultural backgounds of the islands’ inhabitants – African slaves, Portuguese, Jews (from Iberia), Carribeans, and the melting pot that resulted from mixed marriages over the past several centuries.  “Above all, pottery and weaving products are manufactured on Cape Verde.  But you can also find paintings (by Manuel Figueira, Barros-Gizzi and Maria-Luisa Queirós, for example), crocheted blankets, which is a tradition from Portugal, woodworking, batik, embroidery and woven baskets (balai).  The woven tapestries in the traditional colours of white, indigo blue and black are also very common.  The panos, square cloths that are used as pieces of clothing, are dyed in indigo blue.  Above all, the art of pottery can be found on Maio, Santiago, Sal Boa Vista and São Vicente.  Large water containers (potes), sculptures and vases are made here.” — www.capeverde.com/art-and-culture.html

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #1

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #1

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #2

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #2

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #3

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #3

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #4

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #4

 

Verde (Cabo Verde), are decorated with large blue-and–white ceramic azulejos tiles painted and “fired” in Portugal and shipped over to Mindelo

The walls of the African Market in downtown Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), are decorated with large blue-and–white ceramic azulejos tiles painted and “fired” in Portugal and shipped over to Mindelo [“offered by the municipal chamber of the port”]; historic mural #1 – a view of the bay (later, the port of) of Mindelo from the late 1790s when the city was first being settled

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) -- blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #2 – a general view of Mindelo from the early 1800s

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) — blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #2 – a general view of Mindelo from the early 1800s

 

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) -- blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #3 – an historical depiction of barefoot women slaves carrying 100 poun

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) — blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #3 – an historical depiction of barefoot women slaves carrying 100 pound (45.4 kg) bags of salt on their heads; contrast that with the shoed men in the image

 

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) -- blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #4 – a view of the port (Ponte Novo) from the end of the 1800s

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) — blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #4 – a view of the port (Ponte Novo) from the end of the 1800s

 

These colorful fabric were for sale in one of the stalls of the Africa Market in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

These colorful fabric were for sale in one of the stalls of the Africa Market in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

The Cap Vert Design store is popular hangout for young designers and artisans -- the shop sells traditional jewelry, handmade baskets, ceramics, and locally made clothing; Mindelo, São

The Cap Vert Design store is popular hangout for young designers and artisans — the shop sells traditional jewelry, handmade baskets, ceramics, and locally made clothing; Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – painted jugs (for sale) decorated the stairs to the upper gallery

 

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a very brightly woven sea-life wall hanging

Cap Vert Design store – Design e Artesanato do Cabo Verde, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a very brightly woven sea-life wall hanging

 

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a ceramic figurine wearing woven clothes and cap

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a ceramic figurine wearing woven clothes and cap

 

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a wooden model of the Mercado Municipal Mindelo (Municipal Market)

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a wooden model of the Mercado Municipal Mindelo (Municipal Market)

 

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