The Handicraft Center
The Handicraft Center promotes the traditional arts and culture of Dschang and its surrounding communities. The Center was founded in 2000 by Fonwouo, a talented and articulate basket maker, artist, and teacher. The center has been moved to Bahouan. Although currently consisting of a small shop, Fonwouo hopes that the center will grow. He also hopes that basketmakers and people interested in the crafts of Western Cameroon will contact him, as he is quite isolated from the rest of the world and is very interested in exchanging ideas and selling Cameroonian arts and crafts. Fonwouo is also willing to travel and teach basketmaking to anyone who will sponsor him. Besides English and French, he also speaks Bahouan, his native language, and 8 other Cameroonian languages.
Basket bottom Basket top Finished raphia baskets by Fonwou
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Beadworking is a traditional local craft. Fonwouo encourages the beaders by selling their work at the center. Almost any surface can be beaded, including wooden bracelets, Fonwouo's baskets and gourds!

Here are a few of the hand made items for sale at the Handicraft Center:

Dyed and hand woven raphia bags Ndop cloth (undyed, stitched, indigo-dyed)
Bracelets and letter openers Carved and shaped horn
For more information about the Handicraft Center, or to place an order (orders must be paid for in advance with Western Union), please contact Fonwouo (in English or French) at:

The Handicraft Center
West Province
Republic of Cameroon

Telephone:   (237) 33 21 68 36,   (237) 94 69 72 44,   or   (237) 77 20 65 27.

email: Fonwouo

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For more about raphia baskets, see "Raphia Palm Basketmaking in Western Cameroon, Africa," in SHUTTLE, SPINDLE, & DYEPOT, Winter 2003/2004, 21-24.

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Web page, photographs, and text by Carol Ventura in 2001. Please look at Carol's home page to see more about crafts around the world.