Archive | Beadwork

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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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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Zulu Angels

I had not realised how many African art pieces I have around my home until a recent visit from my number one son who pointed it out. A few years ago my number two son bought me the largest angel in the picture and I’ve since added to my little collection. There is also a […]

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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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Beaded Lace Collars

On a visit to a craft market last week I came upon this lovely array of beaded lace collars, ranging in size from the larger ones in the front to the delightful small ones at the back, which are for children.  

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Zulu Beadwork

I just love Zulu beadwork. Last week when I was strolling through the beadwork market, I came across a beaded giraffe. I have never seen one before so immediately bought it along with this necklace and beadwork purse. The purse could take a smart phone or a credit card and lipstick. The same artist made […]

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