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Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education,and AIDS in South Africa

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Photo of the Basketry and Wirework text panel  
Photo of a Wire Basket Basket
Among the designs incorporated into this basket are rondavels, the round homes with
cone-shaped thatched roofs traditionally constructed in KwaZulu Natal.
Roseline Khanyile, Durban area, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
1998. Telephone wire.
MSUM 1998:89.2
15 1/2" x 15 1/2" x 3"
Photo of the Bafana "Bafana Bafana"
When Bheki Dlamini (1957-2003) first began weaving telephone wire in 1987, he used traditional Zulu patterning. He soon began to weave stories and landscapes into his work and was one of the first to regularly incorporate words into his wirework. This piece depicts the South African soccer team known locally as "Bafana Bafana," a phrase meaning "our boys, our boys."
Bheki Dlamini, Esikhawini, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
1998. Telephone wire.
15 1/4" x 15 1/4" x 3"
Photo of a Ukhamba Ukhamba
The ilala palm, which grows in the northeastern coastal areas of KwaZulu Natal province, is the primary traditional source of weaving materials. An ukhamba is a bulb-shaped, tightly woven container traditionally used for storage of liquid.
Ntaombifutwe Khewoto, Hluhluwe region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Zulu.
1999. Ilala palm.
11" x 11 1/2" x 12"
Photo of a Beer Pot Beer Pot
"Mama" is spelled out in a raised design that encircles the pot. Thembi is the daughter of the late famed potter Nesta Nala. In 1998 Thembi was honored with a Silver Award at the FNB VITA Craft NOW exhibition.
Thembi Nala (Venda), Tugela Valley, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
c.2005. Clay.
8 1/2" x 9" x 10 1/2"
Photo of a Imbenge Imbenge
Purchased in 2005 at the African Art Centre, Durban. The Centre had obtained it from Gugu Ntumbela who had collected it from Monjoko Mkhize. An imbenge is used to cover a beer pot and is considered the valued property of men.
Unidentified artist (Mbongweni), Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
c.1960. Grass, beads.
7" x 7" x 4"
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