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Zulu Placemat Eating Mat Izithebe Woven South African Art

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Title Zulu Placemat or Eating Mat Izithebe Woven South Africa African
Type of Object Household
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Vegetal fibers, dyes
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 12.75 inches x 14 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 General wear

Additional Information: A fine and well used handwoven square mat made out of straws and dyied vegetal fibers.   The artisan uses basketry technique to get to such result.    This may be an early example of its kind and an work of a skilled artisan. Eating mats (Izithebe in Zulu) were woven from salt marsh rush with designs in brown dyes. They were made using warp and weft technique. 

For more information on the fabrication of such mats see . Jannie van Heerden ZULU BASKETRY, 2009, p. 27; for a close similar piece see p. 30 of the same book.

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Jannie van Heerden
PUBLISHER: Print Matters (Noordhoek, South Africa)
FORMAT: Soft cover with flaps
PAGES: 96 (full color throughout)

Additional information: Zulu Basketry is the first comprehensive pictorial record of a craft form that has endured political change and empowered basket weavers with a sustainable means of making a living. Zulu Basketry focuses on contemporary basketweaving from the Hlabisa area of Kwa-Zulu Natal where some of the best work is produced. Master weavers from this area – like the late Reuben Ndwandwe and Beauty Ngxongo – are represented in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and in private collections worldwide. Zulu Basketry includes a historical overview, details of basketry method and technique, basketweaver profiles and a guide to telephone wire basketry, as well as information on sources and suppliers.

Jannie van Heerden is Deputy Chief Education Specialist in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in charge of Visual Arts and Design education in KwaZulu-Natal, and has spent 16 years documenting basket weavers in the field.