Since the dawn of Africa the aboriginal Bushmen, also known as the San people, have been roaming the wild as peaceful nomads. They now predominantly reside in the harsh, yet beautiful Kalahari Desert.
Despite the desolate landscape making survival extremely difficult, they have perfected hunting and survival in these harsh conditions to the point of an art form. They live completely off the land; hunting, gathering and creating their garments out of animal skins, plants and whatever nature provides.
The women skilfully craft jewellery and clothing to adorn themselves and their children, using natural materials found around them. They painstakingly create beads and straps for their vibrantly coloured necklaces and bracelets.
The Bushmen live together as one big family unit. Their value system is unaffected by Western Influences or any religious beliefs. Believing in the spirit of Ubuntu (the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity) the Bushman share everything with everyone. They care for other children as much as their own.
With the Bushmen themed chess set, we aimed to capture the essence of the Bushmen and sculpt it into authentic art pieces.
All the individual chess pieces have been hand-crafted by our proud , skilled artists and thereafter are used to create custom designed moulds.
The completed ground stone figures are then handed over to the next step in the manufacturing process where they are meticulously hand-painted. This involves hours and hours of precise colouring and exquisite attention to detail which marks the completion your uniquely themed chess set.
Chess Set-Large Bushmen-BC006