The Diaspora Marketplace, Savannah

The Diaspora Marketplace, Savannah

The Diaspora Marketplace in Savannah specializes in a wide array of products from the African Diaspora. The marketplace is renowned for its unique collection of items that embody the timeless beauty and artistic excellence of African culture. Visitors to the Diaspora Marketplace can explore an impressive array of sculptures, including beautifully detailed carvings crafted from wood, brass, and bronze. These exquisite pieces represent various African regions and include handcrafted warrior statues, face masks, and figurines.

The marketplace also offers a chance to experience the melodic heritage of Africa through traditional instruments. These instruments allow individuals to recreate the historic sounds of African music. Furthermore, the marketplace features handcrafted baskets, perfect for holding keepsakes and favorite items, and a selection of traditional African clothing. This clothing is noted for its universal appeal and flattering designs for all figure types.

The Diaspora Marketplace is more than just a store; it is a testament to the passion and vision of its founders, and two brothers, including Richard Shinhoster. Their journey began over 22 years ago, following Richard's first trip to Ghana in 1994. Struck by the art and intricate crafts he discovered in Ghana, Richard was inspired to share these treasures with others. He began by bringing pieces back in a suitcase to show relatives and friends, who were equally captivated by the art.

Over the years, the Shinhoster brothers have made numerous trips to Africa, forming lasting relationships with local artisans in various villages. By purchasing directly from these artisans, the Diaspora Marketplace not only supports the village communities but also ensures the authenticity and originality of the artwork. This direct sourcing approach allows the marketplace to offer unique and original pieces to its customers in Savannah and across the country.

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Sight Name: The Diaspora Marketplace
Sight Location: Savannah, USA (See walking tours in Savannah)
Sight Type: Shopping
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