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Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts

SKIN DEEP – mark making in Southern Africa

 

Mark making on skin, like body painting, inking and keloids satisfies diverse needs in Southern Africa.  This practice still underpins rituals, is used for therapy, consolidates identity and defines status. It is used for adornment, is deliberately edgy for sexual attraction, can convey a veiled threat and above all clarifies our humanity.

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Ndebele Beadwork, part 3

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In this 3rd part on Ndebele beadwork I list garments worn by women and girls.  I briefly discuss curio items, reflecting on the fact that to fully represent the beading tradition, the production of beaded curios needs accommodation into the stylistic corpus of the people.   Continue reading “Ndebele Beadwork, part 3”

Ndebele Beadwork part 2

Ndebele design development, colour and innovation in the 20th century is revolutionary. The impact on viewers was a big, bold aesthetic that took your breath away: initially, in the 1920s, with its pristine clarity and technical finesse and by the 1970s, with bold colour and audacious proportions. The abstract imagery, classical symmetry and rhythm of architectural design is distinctive only to the Ndebele people.

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NDEBELE BEADWORK. part 1

Tantalizing the imaginations of artists and designers, the iconic art of Ndebele women has graced the surfaces of aeroplanes, motor vehicles, walls and the body, reaching international acclaim. But this wasn’t always so. Continue reading “NDEBELE BEADWORK. part 1”

FONG KONG ZULU

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Comments about appropriation and current changes in dress part 1

A peek at how dress in Southern Africa is changing, and why

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RED, BLACK AND WHITE COTTON CLOTHS IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Comments about current changes in dress, part 2

The journey of these cloths from manufacture to internment is unique in Africa. Redefining our perceptions of ritual items and their purpose.

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Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. Part 2

 

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This article briefly discusses bead making, the construction methods of beadwork, and influences of the San healing systems on the material culture of others.

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Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. part 1

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In the blistering heat, hunting and running down the next meal can take days. So it is surprising that the San had the time, energy or will to make beads. The fact they did, conveys as much about the significance, symbolism and holistic function attributed to beads, as it does about the human need to heal and create beauty. Continue reading “Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. part 1”

BEER AMONGST THE ZULU PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Frothy and nutritious, local beer called utshwala is much beloved by the Zulu people, and besides mere recreational enjoyment, it also serves other functions.

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