Discovering the Craft: Cane Furniture Artistry in Anambra
I met Alex Nwiribor by surprise. He is from Ebonyi State but has been living in Anambra State for many years. He is a cane furniture maker. However, in just one business, I found in him an honest and diligent artisan.
It happened that I was on my way to my friend’s father’s burial in Ihiala in October when I saw a man in his shop working on a cane chair. He is a lanky, fair fellow who reminds me of the legendary ‘Mike Oli ife di mma,’ and I told him so. The sight of his amazingly designed table brought me to a halt, and I had a little chat with this craftsman.
I had already started working on a cultural space in Onitsha but never considered using a cane chair. However, seeing what Alex could produce with canes, I started imagining the effect of cane furniture in my space. Then, I went to the Ochanja market and saw a set of cane chairs. The dealers wouldn’t remove a penny from N60,000. To me, it was a fair price, but I decided to find out how much Alex would charge for the same set of furniture, and you won’t believe the difference.
I saved N15,000!
But that wasn’t all. Alex told me the set would take a week and 2 days but called me after 6 days to come and collect my chairs. His work was extremely tidy, and I wonder why such a talent is still playing in a humble league.
Our conversation extended beyond the world of cane furniture. I learned about Alex’s journey, his passion for his craft, and the pride he took in every creation. It was a conversation that left me inspired and reminded me of the exceptional talents that often remain hidden within our communities.
Q1: Where is Alex Nwiribor based?
A1: Alex Nwiribor is based in Anambra State, where he has been living and working as a cane furniture artisan for many years.
Q2: What makes cane furniture special?
A2: Cane furniture is known for its natural beauty, durability, and cultural significance. It adds a touch of elegance to any space.
Q3: How can I contact Alex Nwiribor?
A3: You can reach Alex Nwiribor through Phone on +2348037745971
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My encounter with Alex Nwiribor was a testament to the hidden gems that can be found within our communities. His dedication to his craft and the exceptional quality of his work left a profound impact on me. Cane furniture, as I discovered, is not just a piece of decor; it’s a piece of art that tells a unique story of Anambra’s craftsmanship and innovation.
In a world where mass-produced furniture dominates the market, connecting with artisans like Alex allows us to appreciate the beauty of handcrafted pieces. It not only offers a more affordable option but also supports local talent and preserves our cultural heritage.
I left this encounter with a newfound appreciation for the art of cane furniture and a determination to share this story with others. The next time you’re on the lookout for exquisite home decor or furniture, consider reaching out to the artisans in your community. You might just uncover a treasure, as I did with Alex Nwiribor.
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