The Black Market, a new way to value local handcraft

The first edition of the Black Market was held this Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the Bushman Café. Co-organized with the Original Foundation this craft market was an opportunity to highlight the know-how of African handcraftmen. From Cameroon to Kenya via Ivory Coast, Ghana and Burkina Faso discover the highlights of this weekend.

Black Market – Samedi 7 et dimanche 8 juillet 2018 au Bushman Café

The Black Market, how to valuate crafts differently

The overviews

The Black Market is an idea of Alain Kablan Porquet, owner of the Bushman Café which aim is the valorization of our local know-how. The Original Foundation, as co-organizer of this event, shares the same values.

For this purpose, 28 exhibitors were selected because they offered craft products made in Africa with processes mixing traditions and / or modernity. We could therefore found products made with African woven fabrics, essential oils, cosmetics made with shea butter or black soap, jewelery made with pearls, bronze or tin, recycled products or traditional pharmacopoeia as herbal tea.

It must also be added that the selected exhibitors have been chosen for their eco-responsible and environmentally friendly practices. Thus, some artisans have been highlight for the more social scope of their actions. We wanted to remind the 533 visitors, who passed during these two days, that behind a craft product, there can be many hands and often a much more developed and complete industry.

Finally, in the will of the Original Foundation to transmit knowledge, activities for children were held. It was traditional make-up with Kaolin powder and the Adinkra symbols hunt that make a lot of sense in the cultural understanding of Akan tribe.

About the actions of promotion of the crafts of the Original Foundation

The Fondation Original since 2016 accompanies various structures in the organization of sales exhibitions and craft market.

Please found bellow the different events:

Name of the event

Dates Duration


Number of exhibitors

Number of visitors

Artisanat Africain Edition 2016

July 3, 2016

1 52 620 of which 170 children
Marché de Noël Djinamory édition 2016

December 3 -4, 2016

2 45 751 of which 170 children
Artisanat Africain Edition 2017

May 13-14, 2017

2 38 635 of which 122 children
Marché Artisanal et Bio

July 8 – 9, 2017

2 25 353 of which 53 children
Seen Expo Afro Chic #1

October 14, 2017

1 10 228
Marché nocturne de Noël Djinamory édition 2017

December 7 to 10, 2017

4 37 1152 of which 239 children
Seen Expo Afro Chic #2

February 7, 2018

1 12 215
Black Market

July 7 -8, 2018

2 28 533 of which 78 children

By now, we have acquired expertise in the organization of a qualitative sales exhibition. Our main objective is to promote artisans by giving them the opportunity to be discovered in the field since 70% of the selected exhibitors are newcomers on the market.

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