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Blue Ndebele Photo Frame

Colorful Hand Painted Ndeble Photo Frame
Colorful Hand Painted Ndeble Photo Frame
Item# PF29

Product Description

Colorful Hand Painted Ndeble Photo Frame

Size of Frame:
Height: 10 ¼ inches
Length: 8 ¼ inches
Width: ½ inch

Photo Frame Description.
We believe that cherished photo memories deserve a fun and creative home in our unique hand painted funky photo frames, each frame is hand painted using fun funky African animals, or eye catching ethnic patterns. These frames are the perfect accessory for any room.

This frame was made by a job creation project, each frame is hand designed and painted and therefore unique. By supporting this product you will be contributing to the upliftment of previously unemployed people.

This photo frame is perfect for showing off your pictures and photos. Photos are captured memories that grasp a fleeting moment in time, and should be framed in a frame that is as unique and special as the memories.

Bring new life to your memories with this unique hand made frame from Africa. This frame is made from wood that has been hand painted using a traditional Ndebele geometric pattern.

The frame is blue with blocks of pattern, the patterns are geometric diamonds, triangles, stripes and zigzags, the colors used to make the patterns are green, pink, yellow and purple. Patterns and colors may vary slightly as it is made by hand, the quality and integrity of the product will never vary.

This frame is made for a 5” X 7” photo; this frame can be used vertically or horizontally.

This frame has been made to be displayed on a table or counter.

The perfect frame is nearly as important as the photo itself, the frame serves as an attractive accent to your photo, drawing attention to the attention to the details in the photo, while complimenting the décor of the room where it is being displayed

A picture frame is a great gift to give almost anyone including yourself, add a meaningful photo to make the gift personal, but added to one of our hand made frames takes the thought and gift to a whole new level.

About the Ndebele.
In the 18th Century the Ndzundza or Ndebele people of South Africa created their own tradition and style of house painting. Until the late nineteenth century, these Nguni people were very fierce warriors and large land owners. In the autumn of 1883, the Ndebele people went to war with the neighboring Boer farmers. The loss of the war brought on a harsh life and horrible punishments for the Ndebele. Through those hard times expressive symbols were generated by the suffering people expressing their grief. These symbols were the beginning of the African art known as Ndebele house paintings.
The Ndebele tribe originally in the early 18th Century lived in grass huts, and it wasn't until they began using mud-walled houses in the mid-18th Century did these symbols begin to be created on their houses and walls. These expressive symbols were used as a type of communication between sub groups of the Ndebele people. They stood for their continuity and cultural resistance to their current circumstances. The Boer farmers did not understand the meaning and only viewed it as cultural art that was not harmful, so it was allowed to continue. These wall paintings done by the women of the Ndebele was their secret code to their people, disguised to anyone but the Ndebele.

The vibrant symbols and expressions portray communications of personal prayers, self-identification, values, emotions, and marriage. Sometimes the male initiation, known as the wela, was a reason for repainting, but the ritual was not expressed. One quality of life that has never been expressed or directed through their walls is sacred expression. The rituals and religions have never been a part of the Ndebele's house paintings. The women of the Ndebele are often the tradition carriers and the main developer of the wall art of their home. The tradition and style of house painting is passed down in the families from generation to generation by the mothers. A well painted home shows the female of the household is a good wife and mother. She is responsible for the painting of the outside gates, front walls, side walls, and usually the interior of her home. One thing that has changed since the beginning of the house painting wall art and the present day wall art is their styles.

In the beginning of house painting their symbols and patterns were often based from Ndebele's beadwork. The patterns were tonal and painted with the women's fingers. The original paint laid down on the house was a limestone whitewash. The colors added to make the paintings were mostly natural pigments consisting of browns, blacks, and different ochres. Most of the patterns were of a V shape and a very simple triangle on a large shape of color. The patterns, earth tones, directions, and sizes were more important than the present day vivid and bright colors.

Over time, the colors represented in the symbols and shape became a key aspect in the overall design. In the late 1960s, the new style was evident. What was once a finger painted creation was now created using bundled twigs with feathers as brushes. The walls are still originally whitewashed but the outlines and colors have significantly changed. The patterns and symbols can be seen today with a rich black outline and a vivid color inside. There are five main colors represented in these wall paintings which are: red and dark red, yellow to gold, a sky blue, green, and sometimes pink. The colors give an intensified symbolic meaning to the Ndebele. They can mean status or power of the home's owners, offer prayer, announce a marriage in the home, or can even represent a current protest. These wall paintings express an abstract meaning with no real reference to any specific characteristic of their homes. This is the most direct way to show their individual expression to the people outside their far distinct family, showing of the talent and the taste of the mother. The color white is always used as the background because it makes the bright patterns stand out more.