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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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MAT HOLDERS, ZULU, SOUTH AFRICA

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Practical, utilitarian, sometimes with a jazzy decorative appeal these items were considered a relevant part of gift exchange at marriage ceremonies in Kwa Zulu Natal, last century.

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BEDU MASKS, GHANA

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The colonials considered this visually forceful artistic tradition and masquerade ceremony subversive. The reason why is evident.

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Blanchard Magoe and Adams

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Cheerful, vivid, and fresh are adjectives describing paintings by Ivorians Adams and Blanchard Magoe.

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SACRED TREES IN HEALERS’ YARDS EAST MPUMALANGA

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“.. in the land of the ancient Zulus in my time when I was a young man, we never used to call trees “trees” but rather “growing people”. “This is a person”. Credo Mutwa (1996:15)

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MURALS AT SACRED SPACES IN EAST MPUMALANGA.

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Walls vividly painted with stylized botanical species, figurative imagery or repetitive patterns using linear motifs or dots announce the yards of traditional healers to passers-by.

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WOVEN GRASS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: TWO EXAMPLES

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Woven grass mats are a rather obscure traditional craft. This is the subtle, the quiet and the normally overlooked, beauty.

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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 earliest 20th century 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.”

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