How did soccer inspire an ingenious beading project?Continue reading “Kwa-Zulu hat project, 2010. South Africa”
The beauty, sophistication and finesse of raffia cloths, touch many. This virtual show reveals some of these extraordinary fabrics, woven from raffia by men and decorated with infinite skill, by women, of the Democratic republic of Congo.Continue reading “RAFFIA CLOTH EXHIBITION KUBA PEOPLE, D.R.C”
A steady rhythm , a confident hand, a little gravity… grain doesn’t see the basket it is winnowed in, otherwise it would relish the beauty of this agricultural implement.Continue reading “Mukenge baskets, Mbunda people, Zambia”
Why are African traditional medicine and divination items displayed together at markets in urban areas?Continue reading “Divination and Muti, practice amongst Swazi and Shangaan people. S.A.”
The pregnancy apron is unique for its ritual context, symbolism, style of beading, links to heritage and as a relevant part of cross cultural gift exchange.Continue reading “Pregnancy apron, Zulu people, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa”
Some may judge rickshaw pulling as being little more than slave labour. But what drove this drudgery to become a home grown subculture, a vibrant muesli of styles, culture and performance – outwitting boundaries of propriety to become a renowned event of choice?
Did the elaborate hairstyles of married women from 1890-1940 influence the dimensions of headrests used by the Zulu people to sleep on? Continue reading “ISICHOLO/HATS. ZULU PEOPLE, KWAZULU NATAL.”
A captivating facet of popular culture related to the healing industry is the display of posters at gathering points and intersections in Gauteng. Often stuck to the traffic light pole, these A3 and A4 pages, solicit attention. Continue reading “Snake oil and popular culture”