Art & Design Magazine

Craftwork of the Zulu Nation

By Mushir @Nethaat

1

The Zulu nation is a part of South Africa, consisting of 360 clans. The clans mainly consist of rural people strongly rooted to their culture and heritage. For ages, Zulu people have been known for their highly skilled craftsmanship. Hand made attire made from feather, beads and other raw materials are worn by both the men and women in various traditional ceremonies organized by the Zulu people. Here is a look at the different handicrafts made by these deeply traditional people.

Zulu Beadwork

Dresses with beadwork are worn by the Zulu women. The unique aspect of this work is that certain messages may be conveyed through the use of colors and geometric designs. The designs have a single geometric shape, mainly a triangle, and seven different colors. The downward facing triangle is a symbol of an unmarried woman and the upward facing triangle represents an unmarried man. The colors can have positive or negative meanings, for example, yellow symbolizes wealth and blue a sign of ill-feeling or hostility.

2

Zulu Basketry

Basket weaving is an age old art of Zululand. Girls start learning this skill from their mothers at a very young age. A Zulu girl of around 14-16 years is a skilled basket weaver. Several empowerment projects have been undertaken in the Zulu nation to revitalize the basket weaving skills of the women.

Indigenous raw materials like the Ilala Palm fronds are used for weaving baskets. It takes almost a month to make a medium sized basket. Isichumo, Iqoma, OOPS (Out of Ordinary Production System) baskets and nut bowls are examples of the basket craftwork of the Zulu people. The beer basket is another one of their unique craft items, used for serving sorghum beer.

Zulu Hats

The handmade hats are traditionally worn by Zulu women at occasions like weddings and funerals. But now, the hats are also popularly used as lampshades and wall hangings. These hats are made from vegetable fiber, rape and cotton.

Pots

The shapes of pots made vary between regions. These pots are normally painted black as the Zulu people believe that their ancestors hide in dark places. White pots too are now made to be used as decorative items in many places around the world.

There is very little influence of Western culture in Zululand. The unique handicrafts made from traditional raw materials are a reflection of the deep cultural roots of the Zulu people.


Craftwork of the Zulu Nation
, , Craftwork-nethaat

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Pineapple Pie

    Pineapple

    How are you all surviving these dog days of summer? I have discovered a sweet that will cool everyone down. Pineapple Pie. You can make it with canned... Read more

    8 hours, 43 minutes ago by   Kalamitykelli
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • 10 Reasons To Market Yourself More Than A Great Idea

    Reasons Market Yourself More Than Great Idea

    Too many entrepreneurs I know still believe that that their great idea will carry the startup, and they may even minimize their own value, especially if they... Read more

    9 hours, 1 minute ago by   Martin Zwilling
    BUSINESS, CAREER
  • In Praise of Liver: Falling in Love with a Widely Reviled Food

    Praise Liver: Falling Love with Widely Reviled Food

    Do you love liver? If you are like almost 50% of Anglo-Western populations, the answer is likely no. In fact, surveys in some countries - UK, US, Canada -... Read more

    11 hours, 11 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Infertility, PCOS and the IDM Program

    Infertility, PCOS Program

    Dr. Jason Fung: I was having a discussion with Megan Ramos the other day in our clinic, and she mentioned that yet another patient had gotten pregnant... Read more

    11 hours, 51 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Magdalene’s Day 2018

    Magdalene’s 2018

    Every year on her feast day, I honor St. Mary Magdalene; even though the Church does not officially recognize her as the patron of whores, she certainly is in... Read more

    12 hours, 30 minutes ago by   Maggiemcneill
    LOVE & SEX, SEXUALITY
  • Cops and Robbers

    Cops Robbers

    The deluge of GDPR emails has finally dried up, thank the Lord. For the uninitiated, GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Read more

    13 hours, 31 minutes ago by   Jackscott
    DIARIES, EXPAT, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Holy Grove and Ripple Music Announce the Completion of the Upcoming Album by...

    Holy Grove Ripple Music Announce Completion Upcoming Album Portland's Epic Heavy Doomers

    Ripple Music is thrilled to announce that Portland, Oregon, heavy rockers Holy Grove have just completed the recording of their second full-length, to be... Read more

    15 hours, 1 minute ago by   Ripplemusic
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC