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Ndebele dolls at the Africa Craft Trust exhibition, June 2010

The Africa Craft Trust

With life moving faster and faster, and the majority of the items we buy today being mass produced, machine-made products, there’s a growing movement that’s pushing in the other direction – for handmade, artisanal items that reflect the care and skills used to make them – skills possessed by men and women used to making […]

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Celebrating 200 Years of the Zulu Nation

While the rest of the country celebrated Heritage Day on Saturday, those who consider themselves part of the Zulu nation commemorated their second centenary on the day that was previously referred to as Umkhosi WeLembe, or King Shaka Day. With huge numbers of Shembe followers dressed in all white, and others wearing traditional attire and wielding shields made from […]

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Zulu clay pots at the Phansi Museum

Durban’s Local History Museums

What an amazing resource we have in our public museums and heritage centres! Spaces that we seldom visit outside of school outings when we’re children, these institutions provide wonderful insight into the history of Durban, its people, and beyond. The Phansi Museum in Glenwood carries the most wonderful permanent collection of African art and crafts, […]

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Warwick Triangle on the Move!

Most South Africans, regardless of their heritage, will be familiar with the word muthi, a term used to describe everything from the Panado syrup someone might give their toddler, to umlomomnandi, a root that when chewed on, blesses you with quick wit, a poetic voice and a silver tongue! The term derives from the Zulu word  for tree, […]

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Knowing your ukhamba from your umancishana

Last week we wrote about the wonderful Earth-Water-Fire ceramic exhibition currently on show at the Phansi Museum, so we thought this week it would be appropriate to write a brief introduction on the different types of traditional Zulu clay pots. The ukhamba is probably the Zulu pot that people are most familiar with – while contemporary Zulu homes might have […]

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A Zulu Loveletter

The topic of love is a dominant theme in the social life of people the world over, and since time immemorial people have sent their beloveds little letters expressing their interest. Whether that letter takes the form of a hand-writtten sonnet, a typed essay, an sms, or even a beaded brooch, the intention remains the same. Zulu people […]

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