Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cote d'Ivoire Activity: Senufo Animal Art | World Cup for Kids Project

This post is part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs World Cup for Kids Project. Each time Cote d'Ivoire plays, I will be posting about something you can do with your kids to get to know the Ivorian culture. You can follow along with each country playing in the World Cup herefind our introduction and schedule here.

Korhogo Cloth - Senufo art, Cote d'Ivoire
Photo Credit: Sinewy Polyp
Our World Cup posts about Cote d'Ivoire include interesting facts about the country as well as a recipe for a popular drink kids enjoy, here, and books kids will enjoy, here.

Korhogo cloth is hand woven cotton cloth handpainted with stylized drawings by the Senufo people of Cote d'Ivoire. These drawings are of masked figures and animals, with many designs having symbolic meanings. The traditional drawings used to be made into dancing and hunting clothes, since the Senufo believed the drawings had the power to keep hunters safe. Commonly drawn animals include birds, turtles, snakes, fish, crocodiles, goats and antelopes. These days korhogo cloth is mostly a sold textile used for decorative purposes. The dye is made from mud gathered from the roots of trees in a swampy area. You can find many examples of Korhogo cloth here, and a selection of Senufo animal designs and their meanings here

Inspired by this cloth and the Senufo animal paintings, Elle created Senufo animal art. 

With black cardstock, crayola crayons for construction paper, background paper and the photos mentioned above, Elle created her own art. You could also use paint markers or acrylic paint - something that stands out on black. She started by drawing a turtle, then filing it in with designs like stripes and swirls. She then cut out the turtle, leaving a bit of black, then glued in onto brown paper with hand drawn pattern. 

What animal are you inspired to draw?

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  1. Beautiful, and so different! Interesting to make a dye from the special mud. Love the art Elle was inspired to make!

    1. Elle just loved adding the different designs - fun and easy :)

  2. I love her turtle, it turned out super cute!

  3. Elle's art reminds me of the Native American art I'm currently studying at the moment, although I think they bead it rather than paint it. I think Elle's picture is very pretty!

    1. Beading adds quite a dimension! I hope this means a Native American art project in the works - love your art studies!

    2. Shhh, don't tell anyone, but we're going to study Native Americans this summer!
      And thank you so much for the lovely comment you left me on my blog. It meant a lot.

  4. This is SO cool! The design is beautiful!!


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