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Zulu Beadwork Belt Glass Beads South African

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Title Zulu Beadwork Belt Glass Beads South African
Type of Object Belt, Glass beads
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Glass Bead, and string
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 2 Inches
Width: 27 Inches
Straps: 10 inches
Overall Condition Very good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.


Additional Information: Old glass pony and seed trade beads. The tiny yellow ones are loose--missing a few beads. But overall they are in excellent condition. This Zulu beaded waist piece were worn by women around the waist over their skirt. 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.


Recommended Reading:


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


Jean Morris, SPEAKING WITH BEADS. ZULU ARTS FROM SOUTHERN AFRICA


See also ZULU TREASURES. AMAGUGU KaZulu


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