Centre National d’Artisanat d’Art

Le Centre National d’Artisanat d’Art : Founded in 1967, the National Center for Arts and Crafts in Burkina Faso was originally a group of bronze-working families, who crafted bronze pieces for the Mogho Naaba¹. They were responsible for decoration for royal horses, jewelry for women, and when the Mogho Naaba died, they made bronze busts in his remembrance. In 1967, the center began to change, as the French volunteers started pushing for a more formal center where the production and sale of these pieces could increase. The center continued to evolve and in 1970, was officially established as a public institution. It depends on the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which directs its training and research, and helps publicize the art work.

The center is located around a central courtyard where craftsmen gather to produce beautiful, handmade sculptures and leather goods using natural and recycled materials, and teach young artisans to do the same. The commissions they receive allow them to finally earn a decent income, send their children to school, and pay for the every-day necessities that they would otherwise have to go without. Contact us at info@smallrain.org to purchase one of these unique pieces; your involvement can transform lives. To make a purchase, or find out more, e-mail: info@smallrain.org.

Video: “From the Fire –Centre National d’Artisanat d’Art, Burkina Faso”


Dark Blue Leather Box






Leather Box







Item: Woman Grinding Spices
Size: 24.5″
Sculptor Balama Patrick of Burkina Faso, West Africa, created this graceful bronze figure of a woman preparing to grind spices. The women of Burkina Faso dry nuts, seed pods and other plant parts as flavoring for food. Before these spices are cooked, they are pounded to powder in specially designed vessels. The
sculpture is signed with Mr.Balama’s initials, B.P.

The Drummer

Item: The Drummer
Size: 22.5″
Burkina Faso Sculptor Gandema Andama, created this vibrant form of a man pounding a drum. The sculpture is signed with Mr. Gandema’s initials, G.A.D. This kind of drum is still used in Burkina Faso.





1: Mogho Naaba is the title for a king
Information and history taken from: Consulat du Burkina Faso de Nice