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 !
This gorgeous modern / ethnic outfit was on display at the Slave Museum in Cape Town . I love the vibrant colours used and the creativity in this beauty! So very un – traditional !
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
How lovely to see these girls dressed in traditional clothing.
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!
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!
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!