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Zulu Mat Icansi with Embroidery South Africa African Art

$125.00
Product #: 87901
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Title Zulu Mat Icansi with Embroidery South Africa African
Type of Object Mat
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Vegetal fibers, straws, cotton thread
Approximate Age mid 20th Century
Dimensions 20 inches x 13.5 inches
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.
Damage/Repair bent straws on top


Additional Information: A handwoven Zulu straws Mat Icansi embellished with embroidered designs . The artisan uses basketry technique to get to such result with beautiful.  This example is a work of a skilled artisan combining both the techniques of weaving and embroidery . Traditionally  mats like this example were used for multiple purposes: by young girls during their initiation for sitting on during the initiation. At the end of the initiation mats were discarded.Generally large mats would be  used for sleeping and sitting inside and/or outside the house. Small ones were used as placemats to serve food. 


For more information on the fabrication of such mats and examples see Jannie van Heerden, ZULU BASKETRY, 2009 (available from Africa Direct--please contact us for details).