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African goods are available at many international retail shops and boutiques. While coffee and diamonds are major African exports, they are by no means the only items which are available. African goods encompass a wide range of items, from coffee and vanilla to clothing and accessories to masks musical instruments. Familiarity with specific terms can assist in finding the perfect African import.

  • Kaftan - Also called a boubou. This is a traditional dress or robe which buttons down the front. Different regions have different traditions and fabrics associated with this common piece of clothing. They can be exquisitely decorated, or appropriate for daily wear.
  • Gele - Also called a duku, dukhu, or tukwi. This is a woman's head scarf. In some areas, they are traditionally worn for special occasions or religious reasons. Retail stores offer head scarves as accessories for many occasions.
  • Tuareg Silver - Silver jewelry crafted by the Tuareg people. Pieces are decorated with symbols telling stories and history. Pendants are a particularly common type of Tuareg silver.
  • Paper Beads - A common type of bead made from rolled paper. Magazines are a frequent source of paper for these beads, though not the only one. These handmade beads are crafted into jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, and anklets.
  • Calabash - A type of drum. Musicians use different parts of their hands to bring out different tones and sounds. It is often played during dances.
  • Oud - A stringed instrument, similar to a lute. The body of the instrument is made out of a hardwood.
  • Nwantantay Mask - A highly abstract mask representing invisible spirits.
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    African Corner
    779 W 19th St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 642-3009
    Trinity African General Store
    651 E Carson St, Carson, CA 90745
    (310) 835-3160
    Oby International
    13373 Perris Blvd Ste B115, Moreno Valley, CA 92553
    (951) 243-2284
    Adom African & Caribbean Market
    16752 Foothill Blvd, Fontana, CA 92335
    (909) 429-0877
    Original African Central Market
    1268 Produce Row, Los Angeles, CA 90021
    (213) 236-0902
    African General Store
    1204 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
    (310) 672-8684
    Rajo African Products
    5356 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    (323) 299-1989
    Africana Imports-A S
    4442 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    (323) 294-8151
    African Image Enterprise
    1878 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
    (323) 733-6383
    Fashion Afrique
    4281 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
    (323) 292-1610
    Safari Ethiopian Store
    1049 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
    (323) 935-5749
    Obichi Enterprises
    4750 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
    (323) 934-5700
    Abyssinia Gifts From Africa
    6727 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
    (323) 467-5453
    C Omediva LLC
    201 N Hollywood Way Ste 208, Burbank, CA 91505
    (818) 861-7103
    Mark Monitor
    2600 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505
    (818) 566-4168

    African goods are popular in some quarters. They include food, clothing, jewelry and art work. For example, wooden masks are used for decoration and handmade baskets for storage. African art and artifacts are imported and sold through specialty retail stores. Many of the items are handmade. African clothing tends to be loose and made from bold fabrics. The same fabrics are used to make bags. Pottery is also boldly marked. Sculptures and carvings tend to be made of dark, tropical wood. Also popular are African drums and other musical instruments. Almost all African art items are hand crafted, although cheap, mass produced replicas do exist. These products are popular as gifts, and African influenced fashion makes an appearance on the runway on fairly regular occasions. Hand crafted jewelry may be used as accents to more mundane clothing. African leather goods are also common, with South African leather having a good reputation. Leather is used to make bags, shoes and other accessories. Trade maps show the origins of various African goods. Regional food is exported from Africa for use in traditional African cuisine that is prepared abroad. Retail stores in the United States, however, generally sell tropical specialties such as coconuts and mangoes or African spices. Some ethnic markets, including those which sell African goods, promote events which allow communities to gather in appreciation of different cultures. The symbol of African art to most, however, is the African mask. Originating as ceremonial items, masks are now also displayed in many homes. Hand crafted originals can fetch large amounts of money.
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