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Ndebele Beadwork, part 3

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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”

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Ndebele Beadwork part 2

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.

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NDEBELE BEADWORK. part 1

Tantalizing the imaginations of artists and designers, the iconic art of Ndebele women has graced the surfaces of aeroplanes, motor vehicles, walls and the body, reaching international acclaim. But this wasn’t always so. Continue reading “NDEBELE BEADWORK. part 1”

FONG KONG ZULU

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A peek at the  current changes in dress of the Zulu people of Southern Africa. part 1

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RED, BLACK AND WHITE COTTON CLOTHS IN SOUTH AFRICA

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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.

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Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. Part 2

 

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This article briefly discusses bead making, the construction methods of beadwork, and influences of the San healing systems on the material culture of others.

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Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. part 1

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In the blistering heat, hunting and running down the next meal can take days. So it is surprising that the San had the time, energy or will to make beads. The fact they did, conveys as much about the significance, symbolism and holistic function attributed to beads, as it does about the human need to heal and create beauty. Continue reading “Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. part 1”

BEER AMONGST THE ZULU PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Frothy and nutritious, local beer called utshwala is much beloved by the Zulu people, and besides mere recreational enjoyment, it also serves other functions.

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WIRE WORK BOTTLES, ZULU PEOPLE, SOUTH AFRICA

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Vibrant, pulsating and alive – unique telephone wire woven designs made by Zulu men to encase glass bottles reflect one aspect of the development of a popular culture between the 1950’s and 1980’s in Southern Africa.

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