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A History and Definition of Silk Thread Art
Starting in 1978, Emmanuel Yeboah started as an originator and artist of an exquisite technique, creating beautiful works of art and eventually becoming a master in his craft.
This artistry he practiced in Ghana was over 100 years old and is believed to only be from inside Africa. The art was so rare and valuable that Kings and Queens of times past wore it as their Royal Kente clothing.
The art technique we speak of is Silk Thread Art, also known as threading. They are not paints on canvas, nor prints. In fact, Silk Thread Art cannot be called paintings of any kind. That’s because there is no paint involved! The method also uses no kind of stitching nor a sewing machine. Instead, the form is done traditionally and the weave done only by hand gives it a quality that machines cannot. Threading the old fashioned way deems it to be authentic and follows tradition.
So who makes it today and is it actually attainable in modern society?
Meet the Yeboah family: Emmanuel, his wife Gloria, and son’s Enoch and Solomon. They hail from the art filled country of Ghana, West Africa and they are all leaders of the Silk Thread Art Movement.
What is special about the Yeboah family is that they have the uncanny skill to make actual Silk Thread Art from high resolution photographs. They have thus made many custom pieces of individuals, couples and groups like a family.
What a single portrait looks like.
Family of four Portrait from a photo.
Photograph about to be turned to Silk Thread.
Rendering of photo and silk thread colors.
The final result!
Emmanuel's son Solomon, reached out to us in June of 2018 asking for their family to be put on our website. After some interviews and negotiating, True African Art is an official representative of their Thread Artworks. An agreement contract has been sealed with the Yeboah’s for True African Art to have direct access to just about any kind of thread creation they can muster.
How the Yeboah's came to us:
How is the artwork created?
The most important part for any kind of art is first conceptualizing the piece in the mind as best you can. Then you have to think about how it will come out as a physical product: deciding on the colors, shapes, and the general personality of a custom piece. Then, the artist draws an outline of the piece and by hand, takes the long process of coloring the drawing with two strands of looping silk of different shades and colors of actual thread. This is done on canvas or a flexible paper board. To complete one work, it takes anywhere from a week to a month, depending on the subject and size. The thread is not sourced locally, but imported from other countries outside Ghana.
We buy from the Yeboah family on consignment. This means that the Yeboah's make your silk thread artwork in Ghana and send the final work to you in the mail. We collect payment for the art from you and do not release to the Yeboah's their portion of your payment until their artwork is in your hands and you approve it. This protects everyone involved, thus we have never had a problem with any of the few artists we share consignment with.
If you need to make payments on any artwork on this website, including these Silk Thread Arts, then we offer that too at 0% interest for up to a year. So we agree on an amount to be paid in monthly payments until the artwork has been paid in full and then it is delivered to you. Again, we’ve done this many times with no problem.
For Sale art and more information, go to the Yeboah's Collection Page here. Still have questions? Contact us at info@TrueAfricanArt.com or call us at +1.800.789.3241 EST
Solomon Yeboah with one of his pieces.