• SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! - Apr 04, 2018

    PACA is reopening as a Small Boutique!!
    Beginning Thursday, April 26, 2018 our same beautiful selection of African products will be available every Thursday, Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Where? At the Renaissance Center – 1848 Bay Road – East Palo Alto. There is ample parking in the DETAILS

  • Tote Bags as an African Brag Bag! - Mar 12, 2018

    Busy folks on the go NEED a sharp and stylish bag for all the many items needed everyday. Pan African City Alive now carries the mud cloth and Korhogo print totes with many pockets inside and out!!
    Wow! What a great find. Be first in your group to have this DETAILS

  • 2018 Kente Strips are now Available - Mar 12, 2018

    Whether its high school, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Ph.d, trade school, professional degree or other!! Show your connection to the excellence of your ancestors. Kente Cloth is an original product of Ghana, West Africa. In the recent past decades Kente has become widely used by people DETAILS

  • The appeal of African Art - May 24, 2015

    As the colonial conquest of Africa proceeded during the 19th century, more and more African artefacts appeared in the museums and art markets of Europe. The idea of African art received a big boost in the 1890s when hundreds of fine brass sculptures, looted during the British conquest of Benin DETAILS

  • Symbolic Art - May 21, 2015

    African art is principally symbolic rather than representational.  Objects such as weaving bowls, stools, chairs and textiles were  made with great care to beautify daily life as well as to enhance the status of chiefs and prominent individuals. Each particular culture created its own set of symbols and artistic style DETAILS

  • Bronze Sculpture - May 16, 2015

    The earliest findings of cast bronze art effaces were excavated in Igbo-Ukwu, Nigeria (9th century). The tradition of bronze casting in West Africa reached its peak during the great kingdoms of the 14th-19th century. The demanding cire perdue technique was used for the production of different objects by bronze casters DETAILS

  • RECYCLE AND REUSE! - May 14, 2015


    An experience we had in the realm of recycling in an unexpected situation.

    How many of us have ever wondered how the African importers who sell wholesale keep their stock readily available to those of us who retail and buy from them?


    It is important for those of us in the business DETAILS


    The cuddly dolls at Pan African City Alive from Ivory Coast are proving to be a BIG hit with the children and their parents! Since they have no hard parts, each doll is an appropriate gift for babies or toddlers. But older children also seem to be enjoying them as DETAILS

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