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August 2015

DIDA RAFFIA CLOTH FROM THE IVORY COAST

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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.

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ZULU EARPLUGS FROM KWA-ZULU NATAL, S.A.

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Earplug production spans decades, from the late 1800s 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.”

THE BEAUTY OF ASA-OKE CLOTH MADE BY THE YORUBA OF NIGERIA.

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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.

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MAMI WATA CULT IN WEST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA.

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Seductive, powerful, rich. This scantily clad, snake embracing, charismatic spirit is the central figure of the fastest growing cult in Africa today.

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CEREMONIAL GARMENTS FROM 1000 HILLS AND ZWELIMBOVO. PART 2

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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.

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CEREMONIAL GARMENTS FROM THE 1000 HILLS REGION, ZULULAND, SOUTH AFRICA. PART ONE

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The stylistic development of married womens’ dress in (Umkhambathini, Cato ridge, Hammersdale)

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HATS AND GARMENT DETAILS, ZWELIMBOVO REGION, KWAZULU S.A. PART 4

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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:

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AFRICAN BODY ADORNMENTS AND BEADS: trade and usage.

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A brief explanation about African adornments, their historical context, materials, trade and social usage.

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LANGUAGE AND ART IN GHANA

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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”

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