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Zulu Beaded Soccer Cleat South African Flag World Cup African Art

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Title Zulu Beaded Soccer Cleat South African Flag World Cup African Art
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Wire, Glass beads
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 3
Width (in) 3
Depth (in) 9
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.

Picture is an example; Yours will be very similar.

I was extraordinarily fortunate to be the guest of Fortune Magazine at the first World Forum to be held in Africa, in 2010 in Cape Town, coordinating with the World Cup. A brilliant bead designer designed cleats in the colors of the flags of all of the participating countries. They were made by youth in a township. The shoes are the colors of the South African flagI bought several, and, at the opening women’s luncheons, gave one to Graca Machel, wife of Nelson Mandela. What a moment! Elizabeth Bennett

I was in SOuth Africa by invitation of Fortune Magazine for their World Leader's COnference. I gave one of tghese shoes to Graca Machel, wife of Nelson Mandela!.

Provenance: From a collection of African-made beads and beadwork -
Exhibited at the South Dakota Art Museum in 2011