Nok terracotta has gripped the imagination from the earliest discovery of clay fragments by Bernard Fagg in 1928, to the current discourse surrounding them in 2016. Continue reading “Nok terracotta – a discourse in progress”
Mark making on skin, like body painting, inking and keloids satisfies diverse needs in Southern Africa. This practice still underpins rituals, is used for therapy, consolidates identity and defines status. It is used for adornment, is deliberately edgy for sexual attraction, can convey a veiled threat and above all clarifies our humanity.
In this 3rd part on Ndebele beadwork I list garments worn by women and girls. I briefly discuss curio items, reflecting on the fact that to fully represent the beading tradition, the production of beaded curios needs accommodation into the stylistic corpus of the people. Continue reading “Ndebele Beadwork, part 3”
Ndebele design development, colour and innovation in the 20th century is revolutionary. The impact on viewers was a big, bold aesthetic that took your breath away: initially, in the 1920s, with its pristine clarity and technical finesse and by the 1970s, with bold colour and audacious proportions. The abstract imagery, classical symmetry and rhythm of architectural design is distinctive only to the Ndebele people.
Comments about current changes in dress, part 2
The journey of these cloths from manufacture to internment is unique in Africa. Redefining our perceptions of ritual items and their purpose.
This article briefly discusses bead making, the construction methods of beadwork, and influences of the San healing systems on the material culture of others.