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Heritage Day/Week

We celebrated Heritage Day here last Tuesday. In Durban we have so many different cultures and people were wearing their own heritage outfits. I went to the supermarket and the cashier greeted me wearing beautiful Zulu beadwork and a Zulu hat. One of the other Xkosa ladies was wearing a traditional skirt with her matching […]

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Knobkerries

Last week we attended a Sustainable Living exhibition here in Durban and came across a lady selling goods from Nongoma. www.nongoma.org.za     These knobkerries were used in traditional fighting with a shield but obviously without the beadwork ! Whoever made these had a lot of fun !  

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Beaded Bag

How gorgeous is this beaded handbag! Made by the students at DUT  http://workspace.dut.ac.za I love the way they are bringing the old crafts in with a fabulous modern twist!  

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Graffiti art

This wall is just around the corner from my son’s home in Cape Town. I just love the humour in this picture. The artist has painted this young African mum with a baby on her back and a can of spray paint in her hand, a very unlikely combination!  

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Schwe Schwe shoes

Last week I was lucky enough to visit Cape Town and stay with my family. My d – i – l  mentioned that there was an exhibition of schwe schwe at the Slave Museum . Schwe schwe has always been one of my most favorite fabrics, from the designs, the hardiness of the fabric and […]

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Zulu Love Letter

What makes Zulu beadwork unique is the code by which particular colours are combined to create messages that are woven into decorative geometrical designs and shapes. The colours and the shapes have particular meanings, making it possible for a ‘love letter’ (incwadi) made of beads to be sent to a sweetheart to express a range […]

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