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Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts

Nok terracotta part 2

 

CONCLUSION.

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Nok terracotta – a discourse in progress

 

 

Nok terracotta has gripped the imagination from the earliest discovery of clay fragments by Bernard Fagg in 1928, to the current discourse surrounding them in 2016. Continue reading “Nok terracotta – a discourse in progress”

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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A peek at the  current changes in dress of the Zulu people of Southern Africa. part 1

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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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