Anwuli Embellished African Inspired Beaded Art Face Mask
Anita Quansah London

Anwuli Embellished African Inspired Beaded Art Face Mask

Regular price £295.00

Wearing a face mask is our new normal. To wear face art that stands out from the traditional designs is powerful.

Anwuli, meaning "Joy" in the Igbo Language of Southeastern Nigeria, is a delight to hand-make. This unique face art is not for the faint-hearted, and it is not your everyday face mask. I have designed this mask for art and culture enthusiasts. Who appreciates the beauty in African art and collects awe-inspiring, time-honoured, original, creative,  one of a kind luxurious pieces like no other that are crafted with attention to details and craftsmanship in mind.

So to make a piece of luxurious face art that combines a unique flair for the culture and arts, I have fused varied colour variations with dazzling surfaces of beads, cowrie shells, textiles, brass components and other materials, together with refashioned denim jeans to create striking ornate, appliqued textures and patterns, which I have mindfully and purposefully assembled to create a piece which embodies that of a permanent skin scarification etchings and branding found many masks, artefacts, and on the skins of the many African people. Whose cultures adopted these traditional practices as a way of expressing their beauties and cultural beliefs.

I have also sought inspiration from “Eze Nwanyi, Agbogho Mmuo”, a maiden spirit masquerades by the Akwa-Onitsha region, Southeastern Nigeria. Eze Nwanyi epitomizes and embodies the ultimate feminine ideals of strength, wisdom, beauty, stature, dignity, and leadership.

This mask is handmade with multiple denim layers, which form part of the textile design detailing. 

To finish off this face mask, I have also incorporated beaded tassels to the ends of the para-cord ties, which can be tied, adjusted around the head, and neck to the wearers preferred fit.

This mask is not N95, or FDA certified. It is designed as preventative safety wear to shield your face, mouth, and nose. The wearing of a face mask such as this could still reduce the transmissibility of viral particles by a small but significant amount, enough to make a difference to you and others.

When not in use, the ANWULI face mask can be framed and exhibited as wall art for the home or office.

  • Size: Large
  • All sales are final. I accept no returns or exchanges.
  • Please note each mask is handmade in my studio, in the UK, with safety and care in mind.
  • Hang to dry, and iron at the back with a clean cloth over the face mask at the correct temperature.
  • When not in use, pop the cleaned mask inside the pouch and the box which accompanies the face mask.
  • Orders are dispatched between 3-5 days from the purchase date.

A portion of the proceeds from this mask's sale will help fund a charity so dear to my heart in Nigeria.

Let’s continue to respect what's right for ourselves and others by staying safe.

Much Love


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