Africanesque

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

As a decore-lore with a global-chic technique, I’ve been incorporating tribal African elements into my home for a few years now, since I travelled to Rwanda in 2008.

It turns out that the social workers actually recommend the adoptive parents to flavour their home with furnishings from the adopted child’s birth country. This subtly shows the child that their ‘rents like where they are from–geographically and culturally.

Here is what I’ve done so far….

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The best time to snag key pieces will probably be on your trip to pick up your sweet little one. Although you’re not there to shop, make sure you buy items as you see them. Don’t count on coming across them at a different location or for a better price. Use that stuffed-to-the-brim suitcase that you brought bearing gifts for the orphanage, that is now empty, to stock up on mementos of your baby’s homeland.

When in Congo I plan on keeping my eye out for some locally made mud cloths & masks to hang on my wall, as well as gifts for family members that they can display in their homes.

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