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Zulu Eyeglass Holder Flowers Seed Beads South Africa

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Title Zulu Necklace Flowers Black and White Seed Beads South African
Materials Glass trade beads, string, plastic and metal on clasp
Made In South Africa
Approximate Age Contemporary
People Zulu
Necklace Length 25 inches. See image with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter).


Picture is an example; yours will be very similar.  You are buying one necklace.


Additional Information: Zulu beadwork has been valued as currency, as decoration, and as a marker of identity. Disingwayo the uncle of Shaka and Shaka himself, controlled the bead trade and monopolized not only the beads themselves but also the colors and designs available to groups within Shaka’s control. Beadwork became a status symbol and an important item of personal expression as well. Stylistic variations of beadwork such as pattern, color and color sequence indicate area or group affiliation. Colors and patterns take on more personally expressive meanings as in the case of Zulu “love letters.” Recently beadwork has become a symbol of political identity as well, with color and pattern indicating political affiliation. Instead of beads being worn only by the conservative, traditional members of the community, wearing beadwork is increasingly being seen as reclaiming a cultural identity.
For similar piece see Hlengiwe Dube, ZULU BEADWORK.TALKING WITH BEADS, pp51-53


Recommended Reading: 


Hlengiwe Dube, ZULU BEADWORK.TALKING WITH BEADS, AfricaDirect, Inc., Denver, 2009, 112 p


Jean Morris (text by Eleanor Preston-White, SPEAKING WITH BEADS. ZULU ARTS FROM SOUTHERN AFRICA