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Sala Faruq established Afro-Originals® in 1998 to showcase an exciting collection of vintage images she’d researched from the African Diaspora. Inspired by these treasured images, Sala created a line of products that celebrate the beauty of her heritage. Fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap were added to the Afro-Originals® line in 2013. 

In addition to celebrating the beauty of her heritage, Sala's goal in creating this collection is to educate the public about the true history and culture of people of African descent. Sala is dedicated to: 1) impeccable research and accuracy, 2) superb craftsmanship and 3) personalized products and service.

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Sala is a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a visual artist, business owner, author and publisher with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Howard University and a master 's in Arts Management from The American University. She has traveled widely throughout the Unites States, Europe and West Africa. ​
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