Height: 4 inches
Length: 2 1/2 inches
Width: 3 1/2 inches
Hand Made in South Africa
These beautiful handcrafted Christmas Ornaments are handmade in South Africa, by the Zulu women using traditional weaving and beading techniques.
The Christmas ball is polystyrene covered with material and then beaded with gold, silver and blue African Glass beads. These stunning ornaments are a necessity on any tree. The patterns and styles of these ornaments will vary, but the quality and color combinations will always remain the same. The Christmas balls are individually packaged, with a story on the self-help group that does the work on the back.
About Zulu Beadwork.
To appreciate the true significance of traditional Zulu beadwork, however, one has to understand how effectively the Zulu have integrated social values into their arts and crafts. Traditional colors, color combinations and patterns are still found in modern Zulu beadwork but the real eloquence is rapidly subsiding under the pressures of urbanization and culture change.
Traditional Zulu beadwork, arguably one of the most singular examples of this craft, was at one time far more than a merely decorative art of weaving small glass beads into aesthetically pleasing patterns. These designs were a surprisingly articulate vehicle of communication that helped to regulate behavior between individuals of opposite gender.
The spirit and rhythm of Africa is expressed in vibrant color in this unique art form. All the ethnic groups in South Africa place high value in beads, which at one time were used as currency with which to trade hardware and foodstuff.
The Zulu people are renowned for their exquisite and intricate beadwork, much of which is symbolic in nature – each color and design having its own meaning, for example the traditional Love Letters which carry “messages” from the heart.