Painted Tray – ZCC Defe Dopota

Zimbabwean Folk Art painted tray Kutsinhira Oregon

Title: ZCC Defe Dopota
Artist: Shelton Shavi
Size: approx 12.5″w x 12.5″h
Zimbabwe Weya Art hand painted wooden tray, folk art
Cost: $60 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

The piece includes the hand written story by the artist and her bio on the back.

The Story:

One of the common church groups in Zimbabwe which is called Zion Christian Church (ZCC). Defe Dopota is performing.

1. They are at their leader’s place.  Women are dancing same style. They are dressed smartly.  Men are responding by stylish dancing as well.
2. Some are adding music with pianos, drums and Hosho.

Artist Bio:

Shelton was born in Epworth, outside of Harare, in 1982, one of seven children.  He went through the equivalent of 9th grade, stopping because the family had no money to pay school fees.  He came to Weya in 2000 because life was difficult in the city.  He stays with his aunt and helps her with agriculture, but it is not fulfilling work and provides him with no money.  He began to study painting with his half-sister, artist Alletah Chehore, in 2002.  “Art was my best subject when I was in school and I want to make some money.”

Painted Tray – Village Life

Zimbabwean Folk Art painted tray Kutsinhira Oregon

Title: Village Life
Artist: Absolute Majongah
Size: approx 12.5″w x 12.5″h
Zimbabwe Weya Art hand painted wooden tray, folk art
Cost: $60 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

The piece includes the hand written story by the artist and her bio on the back.

The Story:

Rudo, Chido and Sekai are carrying firewood.  Tendai and Rutaro are carrying buckets of water.  The boys are playing soccer.  Mr. Muta is sitting whilst Mrs. Muta is grinding some peanut butter.  Serena is pounding.  Chipo is winnowing and Mrs. Futema and Mrs. Mata are carrying buckets of water.

Artist Bio:

Absolute was born in 1977 in Chihota, the first born of four daughters. She finished the equivalent of 10th grade and then did a dressmaking cutting and design course.  She did sewing work for 5 years.  She was married in 2004 but divorced.  Absolute began to do art in 2006, to have enough money to support her children and her deceased sister’s children.  Absolute passed away in October 2015 of a heart condition.

Painted Tray – Picking Wild Fruit

Zimbabwean Folk Art painted tray Kutsinhira Oregon

Title: Picking Wild Fruits
Artist: Milcah Mashon-Ganyika
Size: approx 12.5″w x 12.5″h
Zimbabwe Weya Art hand painted wooden tray, folk art
Cost: $60 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

The piece includes the hand written story by the artist and her bio on the back.

The Story:

 

People are busy picking wild fruits.  Others are picking wild fruits to eat at their homes.  Mother is carrying firewood.  Mrs Choto is carrying dish full of wild fruit.

Artist Bio:

Born in 1966, Milcah was raised in a family of 6 children.  She was married in 1982 and has 5 children.  Her husband died in 1994, at the age of 32.  She became the sole supporter of her children, sent them all through school, and is now a proud grandmother living in her own home she built herself.

Milcah learned to paint at the Weya Community Training Center in 1988.  She moved to Harare in February 1998, to paint on hand-thrown pottery at Ros Byrne Pottery.  She says she moved to the city because every week there was money,” thus enabling her to “give my children a better life.”

Painted Tray – Chakadini water pump

Zimbabwean Folk Art painted board Kutsinhira Oregon

Title: Chakadini Water Pump
Artist: Shelton Shavi
Size: approx 12.5″w x 12.5″h
Zimbabwe Weya Art hand painted wooden tray, folk art
Cost: $60 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

The piece includes the hand written story by the artist and his bio on the back.

The Story:

A group of boys and girls gathered together at Chakadiui water pump washing their clothes at the water pump.  Chipo and Tara are pumping water from the water pump while Rugare is coming carrying a dish to the water pump to wash clothes.  Tambudzai is going back home carrying a clay pot of water on her head.

Chamumorwa is pushing a wheelbarrow with dirty clothes to be washed.  Two girls are washing their clothes.  Sekai and Samy are putting the clothes in dish to take them back home.  Tara is pushing a wheelbarrow carrying buckets of water.

Artist Bio:

Shelton was born in Epworth, outside of Harare, in 1982, one of seven children.  He went through the equivalent of 9th grade, stopping because the family had no money to pay school fees.  He came to Weya in 2000 because life was difficult in the city.  He stays with his aunt and helps her with agriculture, but it is not fulfilling work and provides him with no money.  He began to study painting with his half-sister, artist Alletah Chehore, in 2002.  “Art was my best subject when I was in school and I want to make some money.”

Embroidered Art – Village Life

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Title: Village Life
Artist: C. Makoni
Size: approx 15″w x 22″h
Hand embroidered folk art
Cost: $90 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

The piece includes the hand written story by the artist.

The Story:

  1. Mr. Chirinda is a carpenter. He makes doors, stools and some chairs for the villagers.
  2. Mrs. Tsiga is giving her children a candle. Tavanda Is reading a novel. His sisters Tapiwa and Ratidzai are listening. The baby is sleeping.
  3. Mrs. Tambaoga is winnowing some maize
  4. Mdakaitei, Shamiso, Munyaradzi and Tanatwa are playing Pada.
  5. Mr. and Mrs. Chingozi are going to see their friends in Village Six.
  6. Mr. Chimutuwa is giving Mr. Chitiyo a spanner. They want to put another wheel. It has got a punch.

Embroidered Art – African Marriage

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Title: African Marriage
Artist: Grace Chakwenya
Size: approx 16.5″w x 23″h
Hand embroidered folk art
Cost: $80 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

The piece includes the hand written story by the artist.

The Story:

  1. Mother is sweeping the yard, while Jane her daughter is going to church.
  2. Jane meeting John in the bus and the two got into a relationship
  3. John and Jane are going to John’s aunt for introductions.
  4. At aunts home John is introducing Jane to his aunt and told her they want to get married.
  5. Aunt is taking Jane to John’s homestead since they have agreed.
  6. Aunt and Jane being welcomed at home by John’s mother. The two got married and lived at the village happily.

Grace was born in 1969 in Bindura, the last of six children. She was in 10th grade when her parents died and she had to stop her education. After 2 months as a receptionist in a hotel in Mutare she returned home and began growing tomatoes and vegetables in her parents garden and selling them. She married in 1989 and has six children, including two sets of twins. Grace began doing appliqué in 1992. “I am not a person who wants to stay sitting, saying I have nothing. I want to help myself.” Her favorite topics are based on HIV/AIDS and also on traditional healers.

Embroidered Art – Togetherness

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Title: Togetherness
Artist: Judith Karuwa
Size: approx 11″w x 24″h
Hand appliqué and embroidered folk art. This piece has a 3 dimensional texture. 
$60 – includes FREE shipping in the continental U.S.

 

Embroidered Art – Working Days

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Title: Working Days
Artist: Maziveni Mapuranga
Size: approx 11″w x 23″h
Hand embroidered and applique folk art
Cost: $60 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

Maziveni was born in 1966 in Mutoko. She came to Weya in 1990 when she got married. She studied through grade 11. She has five children, and farms with her husband. She learned to make appliqués in 1992, having arrived in Weya after her marriage and deciding it would be interesting to do. Her favorite subjects include African marriage, traditional healers, and village life.

Embroidered Art- Home at Last

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Title: Home at Last
Artist: Melody Chari
Size: approx 12.5″w x 24″h
Hand appliqué and embroidered folk art
Cost: $60 – includes FREE shipping in the continental U.S.

Embroidered Art – Living in Harmony

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Title: Living in Harmony
Artist: Francisca Nyazongwe Chekacheke
Size: approx. 20″w x 15″h
Hand embroidered folk art
$60

Francisca was born in 1965 in Weya. She went to school through Grade 6, leaving school because the family didn’t have enough money for her to continue. She learned embroidery in 1988, because she wanted to earn a living.

She has five children, and her husband works in a hotel in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, coming home once a month. Francisca raises maize, groundnuts and millet on the land the she farms.

Painted Art – Harvest

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Title: Harvest
Artist: Ceresencia Chibaya
Size: approx 18″w x 23″h
Hand-painted sadza painting
$50

Ceresencia was born in 1965 in Weya, the fifth born of six children. She studied until 7th grade, stopping because her parents didn’t have enough money to pay for further schooling. She married in 1984 and has five children. Her husband died in 2002.

Cersencia began to do art in 2003 because she wanted her children to have a happy life. The money would help her pay school fees and provide for other necessities. Ceresencia has used her art to document and explain events in her life, from the passing of her husband in 2002, to the passing of her daughter in 2013. Favorite topics include people’s life stories, traditional stories and friendship.