If you wander into the Danaqa boutique you will notice something different on our walls. We still have our wonderful wooden mannequins showcasing our lovely pieces, and our amazing stretched leather mirrors – but joining them is a small series of art produced by the wonderfully talented Aida Muluneh. We have decided to begin showcasing art by Aida, because it fits so wonderfully with the story and message that Danaqa is trying to push.
As with all of the things that we sell, Aida’s work is first and foremost beautiful. She is an amazingly talented photographer and artist who merges wonderfully haunting images with a positive, vibrant flare. Her work showcases the contrasts of life in Ethiopia, the mixture between amazing colour and the occasionally dull necessity of survival. When we decided that we wanted to fill the walls of our boutique with art – the beauty of the work was our main focus. The quality of the work is reflected by the fact that Aida has collections of her images can be found in permanent collections in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United State
Aida’s work, as with all of our other products, has something more than beauty. Aida’s work has the story. Aida explores Ethiopia through, identity, personal journey and family nostalgia after a 30-year absence. Aida is a strong and talented woman who helps others through her work. And, for Danaqa, she makes beautiful pieces that will leave you pleasantly surprised!