African artisan techniques in the spotlight at Paris museum

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The exhibition-event "Bonne arrivée" will allow visitors to (re)discover the pieces of South African designer Thebe Magugu.

African artists, craftsmen and designers will present, from August 31 to September 5, a selection of design pieces, decorative objects, and fashion creations in the nave of Paris's museum of decorative arts. Entitled "Bonne arrivée," this exhibition-event is proposed as part of the Africa2020 Season taking place throughout France.

Launched by the association Les Oiseaux Migrateurs, this event-exhibition will honor the expertise and artisanal techniques of African crafts, in several fields such as art, design, and fashion. In the nave of Paris's Musée des Arts Décoratifs, visitors will be able to discover techniques related to fiber weaving, dyeing, ceramics, and basketry, as well as finished products via sample pieces.

Spotlight on Thebe Magugu

Winner of the 2019 LVMH Award, South African designer Thebe Magugu, founder of the women's ready-to-wear brand of the same name, has quickly made a name for himself in the fashion world. Known for his many commitments -- he notably works to break stereotypes concerning South Africa -- he will be in the spotlight during this Parisian event with the display of some of his most emblematic pieces, prime examples of African savoir-faire.

In addition to fashion, pottery, ceramics, and decorative objects will feature in this exhibition-event, which will also focus on the creative processes used, the raw materials, and of course the manufacturing techniques used by artisans and designers.

Round table talks will also be organized during the six days dedicated to these African crafts, as well as conferences, recreational workshops for young people, discussion sessions, and podcast recordings. The association Les Oiseaux Migrateurs, with the brand Maison Château Rouge, is also honoring "the singularities of the African continent," and fostering a dialogue between these qualities and the visitors in view of finding common, universal themes.

Free and open to all, the exhibition will be held from August 31 to September 5 at the Museum of Decorative Arts.

Christelle Pellissier

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