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Tuesday, 04 January 2005
la antilope


The photo above is of an antelope which Lynne, Indrin and family sent me as a Christmas present from Cape Town.  According to the label on the beaded beast, it was manufactured by Nosakhamzi of the company MonkeyBiz South AfricaWarning: Site is a bit fragile.

One of their statements jumped out at me:

Historically, bead work in a South African context has been the domain of women largely within the Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele and Sotho Communities. The women are introduced to them directly through their mothers, grandmothers and other women in the community. The women have a natural aptitude for the craft.

Now that’s interesting. I wonder if they have a natural aptitude for dancing, beating drums, and wearing goatskin clothes as well? 

My thoughts are that beadwork has universal appeal and is something that has been done by most cultures around the world. Also what about the many other fields that African women show great aptitude in: sports, music, art, medicine, information technology and a whole range of other professions?

Anyway, the stuff that MonkeyBiz South Africa produces and sells is beautiful.

Posted by bigblue on 04/01/2005 at 09:22 PM
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