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Pregnancy apron, Zulu people, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Zulu married woman wearing pregnancy apron

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.

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The Bodies of Beads – beads and the body

Zulu hats, made in 2010, rugby world cup. Phansi Museum

I cogitate on historical beads, beading, aspects of how change has occurred and roughly what constitutes notions of bead work today, by posing questions with reference to ongoing research in Southern Africa. Continue reading “The Bodies of Beads – beads and the body”

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

zwelimbivo beadwork

Questions about the stylistic development of married womens’ dress in (Umkhambathini, Cato ridge, Hammersdale)

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