Archive | Zulu

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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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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Modern beadwork

We went shopping to an extraordinary bead market recently. I am always blown away by the natural creativity of the artists. The necklaces are basically the same Zulu beadwork but now with a wonderful modern twist, which you could wear anywhere.  

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Wedding Favours

Last December our youngest son married a beautiful French girl. To combine the two countries the wedding favours were a mix of French and South African ideas. The blue schwe schwe bag was filled with sugar coated almonds from Paris and the beadwork heart from South Africa pinned onto each blue and white bag. A […]

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Nelson Mandela

In honor of this great man on his birthday I am posting a brief biography of his life.   About Biography Timeline Genealogy FAQs Names Databases Reflections Educational Guides Historical Contexts Biography     Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa […]

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Putty for sale

I love the way the street vendors sell their putty. Instead of having to buy it in a large quantity ,more than you need, it gets packaged into small manageable parcels!      

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Schwe Schwe Dresses

The local women are so creative, making these brightly coloured dresses that they sew at home and then transport into the city to sell on the pavements. They really are very feminine frocks!  

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A wall of hats

One of my clients wanted a specific colour for a wall display of Zulu hats. The hats are usually made in traditional colours and so I suggested she spray paint a plain white one to get the colour ( which she did ) and she had amazing results!  

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