Traditional Beading Program

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In 2008 the Orphan Bracelet Campaign started a beading program in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and former Transkei regions of South Africa, bringing back an almost forgotten tradition.

 

The replicated beaded pieces are taken from an out-of-print book, “South East African Beadwork,” depicting North Nguni beadwork made by Zulu-speaking women. These pieces, found in the Zulu kingdom and the Colony of Natal, date back from 1850 to 1910. The traditional beaded pieces are hand crafted by women who learned the art of beading from their mothers and grandmothers. Through word-of-mouth, we were able to locate these local artisans in small villages throughout the region.

 

All pieces presented for sale are carefully checked for accuracy ac­curacy and quality by Albany Museum anthropologist Ras Mpho Jeffrey Molapisi,of Grahamstown, South Africa. Several of these handcrafted pieces have sold at the Smithsonian.

 

Download the Bead By Bead PDF brochure (3MB) for beaded pieces by OBC crafters. Also see the Albany Museum PDF Report (1MB) on these pieces.

 

A limited number of pieces are currently available for sale so contact us for more information.

 

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