Artist Feature and Art Round-up here at Cake at Vic Falls
Notably, Art is everywhere in this little town…
Brightly coloured displays of merchandise – often even outside shops doors – cloth batiks, bags, jewellery, even paintings – all on display, making for a delightful experience!
Art in all mediums –
- carvings in wood
- fabric prints
- and so much more…
– ranging from the traditional to the contemporary-
To help you out in knowing where to see all the art, I have mentioned a few places below. Popular places to view handcrafts are here:
- Elephant Walk Shopping Centre
Creatively designed, shops bursting with colours and interesting finds. Artists at different points, painting, doing beadwork, sewing African cloth, pencil drawing and more. It’s at these shops that you will get to see Munyart. There is a beautiful Gallery on your right as you enter the Village – it’s worth looking at.
Behind the Elephant’s Walk are open Curio Market stands, and a few other shops with a variety of handmade crafts.
To get cloth fabric at a reasonable price, a visit to Komesa Market is a must. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside they have loads of fabric neatly arranged in rows and rows.
It’s quite the challenge to choose! The ladies are pleasant, persuasive, but not pushy which is nice. I find I buy from several different sellers as there are many different types of fabric and some give a discount if you purchase several pieces from them.
The fabric featured here is a wax coated fabric that washes soft after being made up. Note that there is a little bit of shrinkage, it’s pure cotton, so keep this in mind if you are sewing or getting it made up into an outfit.
Going to Komesa Market is only worth doing if you are on a travel budget, need more fabric variety or are wanting to see a bit of culture. Cloth fabric is found at many of the Hotel and other curio shops, but it would be double or more price-wise. But at the open markets, you should get it around the same or for a little more.
For carvings and such, there is –
- Matombo Gallery
- The Curio Market
- Art Africa Sculpture Park
Everyone is friendly, often it is the Artist himself who is selling his carvings. All bought products are wrapped and taken to DHL, Fedex or the Post Office for you if you require this service.
Why we decided to feature artist on this website
While there is much on offer (with everyone hopeful that they will make a sale), tourists are often scared off by persistent vendors, who roam around with one or two carved objects.
How sad, because the true artists are humbly waiting at their shops, not disturbing or worrying anyone. They have got a selling licence, are paying rent and have got amazing talents that they are using to create art products.
So many don’t even see their work…
Another reason is, like in all places there is a bit of mass-production and many of the same things are promoted and found in each shop. So again, the real artists are overlooked and get lumped together with the supposed, “yeah, I’ve already seen it all.”
There is more on offer than just those few items that you are being asked to buy.
Hopefully, by featuring the Artists – when you start searching for facts on Vic Falls, you will land up here and get a glimpse of their artwork and read their stories.
Get a meaningful piece of art…
Please pin this for future reference.
Some friends of ours who visit Zimbabwe regularly, told us how, with their travels over the years to different places in Africa, they got to see that a trip became more memorable when they returned home with a larger curio. The key rings and fridge magnets in time got lost and forgotten about – but the bigger pieces of art that they bought, are still there reminding them of the great times they had.
This is my Mum’s lounge in England. She has surrounded her home with art pieces from Victoria Falls.
Their advice to us was, “spend your money on one larger curio for your home, and then get all the smaller curio gifts for the friends and family”.
Featuring an artist a month
Will help get their work seen by those who love art. The post will include-
- their story
- some of their work
- their contact details
This way, you will already have in mind whats out there and won’t miss out on investing in some quality artwork. Make sure you give ample time beforehand if you are commissioning any artwork that you plan to return home with.
Artists added so far –
A weekly spotlight on a feature art piece. It won’t be about the artist – but rather the artwork itself. Anything that’s interesting fun, or clever. Want to see some Round-ups?
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