Key Chain Size:
Hand Crafted in South Africa
Height: 3 inches
Width: 1 ½ inches
Length: 1/8 inch
This unique key chain, had been hand beaded in KwaZulu Natal South Africa, by the Zulu women, a round ring is made for the head/face this is covered with material, and from this the whole doll is beaded, the colors on this doll are green, white, red, blue, yellow and black..
About African Beadwork.
Beadwork is one of the most compelling art traditions in Africa. Artists must carefully consider the materials, colors, textures, shapes, and sizes of the beads to choose those that compliment or contrast with one another. A single-colored or multi-colored bead of fine workmanship may have as great a visual impact as many beads strung together or embroidered on a cloth.
About Zulu Beadwork
It is sometimes difficult to decide whether beadwork is a craft, an art, a communicational system similar in principle to a written language or part of a symbolic code used for their own purposes by specialists in traditional magic. Zulu beadwork, because it's close relationship with weddings and engagements where the major actors are identified by the beaded finery they wear, has at times been presented as evidence in court cases where the responsibilities of parties to marriage contracts are in dispute. Beadwork, as an art form, thus intrudes into the fields of social relationships, the practice of law and the communication of ideas. Beadwork is the exclusive terrain of Zulu women, so that they become in some ways communities of their own, using the beaded items as technical instruments to follow their own interests. Amongst women, beadwork is also an educational tool, teaching young girls how to conduct themselves in their relationships with males.
All this indicates that Zulu beadwork is closely integrated with Zulu social organization, the technology of specialized craftsmanship, religious beliefs and magic, educational objectives, communication and even recreation, because the craft itself provides plenty of fun.
Zulu beadwork tells us a lot about the way in which the Zulu have constructed their society. One soon understands that they have produced a closely integrated system in which all institution - religious, social, economic, educational, technological, communicational, recreational, legal, political as well as those designed to give aesthetic satisfaction in the form of art - are mutually supportive. This makes it a very powerful system, highly resistant to change.