Height: 2 inches
Length: 2 3/4 inches
Width: 1/4 inch
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 wreath is shaped out of wire covered with material and then beaded with green and red African Glass beads. Each one is unique - one of a kind, all slightly different interpretation of the many different women that make them. The color, design and pattern may vary slightly but the quality is never compromised. These stunning wreath ornaments are a necessity on any tree. The price is for one ornament although the one picture shows several together.
About the Zulu
For many people, the Zulu are the best-known African people. Their military exploits led to the rise of a great kingdom that was feared for a long time over much of the African continent. The Zulu are the descendants of Nguni-speaking people. Their written history can be traced back to the fourteenth century.
Social gatherings present dancers of the various clans with the opportunity of displaying their skills and fitness while the onlookers accompany them by playing drums, singing, whistling and ululating..
The Zulu are fond of singing as well as dancing. These activities promote unity at all the transitional ceremonies such as births, weddings, and funerals. All the dances are accompanied by drums. The men dress as warriors, wave their clubs, and thrust their cowhide shields forward.
Zulu folklore is transmitted through storytelling, praise-poems, and proverbs. These explain Zulu history and teach moral lessons. Praise-poems (poems recited about the kings and the high achievers in life) are becoming part of popular culture.