The design and colours of the bead work convey particular messages. Author Supplied

Maasai beads: the interplay between Europe and Africa

Colourful glass beads and red blankets play an important role in Maasai culture. But their origins are surprising, and provide an interesting insight into cultural exchanges between Europe and Africa.
‘The Dictator’ (2012) by Sacha Baron-Cohen plays on the fact that kitsch is used by dictators and fundamentalists to redefine our world. Zennie Abraham/Flickr

How kitsch consumed the world

Kitsch has slowly become the main cultural reference for all that surrounds us, and thrives in propaganda.

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