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

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Photo of the beadwork text panel  
   
Photo of a Headdress Headdress
Isicholo (hat) is a style of headdress worn by married women. Red or dark orange coloring is obtained from a local ochre pigment.
Unidentified artist (Zulu), KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
c. 1997. Straw, fabric, beads, yarn, dye, vegetable fiber cord.
MSUM 1997:96.6
17 1/2" x 17 1/2" x 6 1/4"
   
Photo of a Tea Pot Teapot
Beadworkers find challenges in covering almost any item in beadwork.
Happiness Mgoma (Zulu), Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
1999. Metal, beads.
MSUM 1999:56.1.1-.3
9 1/2" x 5" x 7 1/2"
   
Photo of Spot, a soft sculpture doll "Spot"
This soft sculpture depicts the pet dog "Spot" owned by Jo Thorpe, the founder of the African Art Centre and an early promoter of beaded soft sculpture.
c.1997. Fabric, thread, beads.
MSUM 1997:96.10
9" x 15" x 9"
   
Photo of a Beaded Apron Beaded apron
Beaded aprons are still worn by Zulu women for traditional ceremonies and rituals; this piece was purchased in a rural crafts marketplace in Hluhluwe.
Mavis Gumbi (Zulu), Nompondo, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
c. 1998. Beads, thread.
MSUM 1998:89.10
10" x 9 1/2"
   

Photo of a Necklace

Photo of a Necklace

Necklaces
Unidentified artist , KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Late 29th c. Thread, beads.
MSUM 1997:96.11
16 3/4" x 3 1/2"

Rosie Ntunga, Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa.
Late 20th c.. Beads, thread.
MSUM 1997:96.12
11" x 11 1/2"

   

Photo of a Sangoma Headress

Photo of a Sangoma Headress

Sangoma Headresses

Momasoka Thusi (or Nhlunawane), Olundi, South Africa.
1970s. Yarn, beads, brass buttons.
MSUM 2005:34.9
12" x 12" x 12 1/2"

M. Dube, Olundi, South Africa.
2005. Yarn, beads.
MSUM 2005:34.10
12" x 12" x 12 1/2"

   
Photo of an apron Apron
Ndebele women once wore these beaded aprons as everyday dress but now mainly use them for special occasions.
Sara Msiza, Mapoch, Guateng, South Africa.
c. 1998. Cotton canvas, beads, plastic.
MSUM 1998:89.12
16 1/2" x 20"
   
Photo of the artist profile Tholiwe Sithole text panel
   
Photo of a Necklace

Photo of a Necklace

Photo of a Necklace

Necklaces
Tholiwe Sithole (Zulu), Muden, Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
2003. Beads, thread.

MSUM 2003:46.38
14 1/2" x 3 3/4"

MSUM 2003:46.39
15" x 3 1/2"

MSUM 2003:46.43
9 1/2" x x 9 1/2"

   
Photo of a Woman Crucified to AIDS doll

Photo of a Woman Crucified to AIDS doll

"Women Crucified to AIDS"
Sithole says of these pieces, "They are members of the church but they are HIV positive. They thought that because they were Christians and went to church they would be spared, but that did not work. They will continue to pray to Jesus."
Tholiwe Sithole (Zulu), Muden, Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
2003. Beads, thread.
MSUM 2003:46.59
12 3/4" x 4" x 20 1/4"
MSUM 2003:56.60
13" x 4" x 20"

   
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