In these first 2 months of living in Lagos, I have fallen in love with Nigerian String Art. I first admired it when a friend, Amy, brought a few pieces to Angola. String Art (also called Threadwork) is created by sketching a figure onto canvas. The canvas is glued mutliple times. Silk thread is handwoven on the glued surface to form the design. Vibrant colors are created from plants that are cooked for days over a hot fire. The colors produced are used to dye the silk thread which makes up the artwork.
Here are my two initial purchases complete with a zoomed in picture to show the detail.