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A PEEK AT: AFRICAN TEXTILES AND PATTERN

Bark cloth, Mbuti people, Congo.

How are African textiles woven and patterns made?

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Kwa-Zulu hat project, 2010. South Africa

Copyright: Phansi Museum, Glenwood, Durban

How did soccer inspire an ingenious beading project?

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RAFFIA CLOTH EXHIBITION KUBA PEOPLE, D.R.C

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.

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Mukenge baskets, Mbunda people, Zambia

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.

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Rickshaws, costume and Zulu people, Durban, S.A.

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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?

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ISICHOLO/HATS. ZULU PEOPLE, KWAZULU NATAL.

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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.”

DRUMS. AFRICA’S SOUND

Aroused -The drum’s pulse is a serpentine demon,  Stealing your viscera, strumming your spine.

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Snake oil and popular culture

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”

Restitution and Museum culture, South Africa

 

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The return of artifacts to their countries of origin is perceived by many as a milestone to recoup art, lost during times of conflict or by cultural appropriation.  Continue reading “Restitution and Museum culture, South Africa”

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