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Where She Creates: Raquita Henderson

Walking into Pinxit, the South City St. Louis lifestyle, wedding and portrait photography studio of Raquita Henderson, one might first be enveloped by the scent. Whether she is burning oil, candles...

Tribal Markings, a Dying African Art Form

“Scarification.” If I’m being honest, I’ve always hated that word. To me, it’s a bad and almost disrespectful way to describe the beautiful and ancient ritual of tribal markings. These markings ar...

A Brief History of African Mud Cloth Fabric

We get a lot of questions about the African textiles that are used for our goods. In Africa, the cloths and woven fabrics used for living are as traditional as basket weaving and are ingrained in ...

Three ways to add a woven touch to your bedroom

Forget the brown and grey wicker baskets of the past. We think that baskets should be a bold, colorful solution to your life’s clutter. Baskets shouldn't only be containers for storage — with a l...

The "Poor African" Narrative

I’ve been asked over and over why I don’t show the faces of the artisans who make Expedition Subsahara products. For me, the reason is deeply personal, but I've decided to share.  Growing up, I al...

Store Open At The Foundry Art Center

We are excited to announce that the Expedition Subsahara studio is officially open!  Come see us and shop the goods at the Foundry Art Center. And if you're local to St. Louis, we now offer free...