The beauty and simplicity of these tri-colour cloths strike an evocative cord with the viewer. They stir something primordial, perhaps our earliest memories of living closely with nature.
Earplug production spans decades, from the earliest 20th century until the 1990s and these elements of personal adornment visually depict the social history of the Zulu people of Kwa-Zulu Natal during this time. Continue reading “ZULU EARPLUGS FROM KWA-ZULU NATAL, S.A.”
To step into a textile shop in West Africa is a magic experience! Blankets, strip-woven fabric and printed ready to wear garments are precariously piled, floor to the makeshift ceiling, each alive with the vibrant colours of Africa: rich cobalt blue, terracotta, cream and magenta.
Seductive, powerful, rich. This scantily clad, snake embracing, charismatic spirit is the central figure of the fastest growing cult in Africa today.
Explanation of married womens’ dress
The stylistic development of married womens’ ceremonial dress in this area is a commitment to their creativity and joy. This is an art of abundance in an area known for grinding poverty and hardship. These garments are as much a celebration of their life and creative triumph over adversity as they are about aesthetics.
The stylistic development of married womens’ dress in (Umkhambathini, Cato ridge, Hammersdale)
The current development and appreciation of this work, is kept within the paradigm of oral history (as it is undocumented) risking disappearance once this generation passes on:
A brief explanation about African adornments, their historical context, materials, trade and social usage.
Some shop names in Accra are hilarious! For the stranger and passer-by they are a constant source of delight. To name a few: “Don’t mind your wife, chop bar”. “Thy will be done hair salon”. “Slow but sure ladies fashion”. “God will provide electric store”. “First class front wheel drive advisor”. “Blood of Jesus furniture works”. Continue reading “LANGUAGE AND ART IN GHANA”