In this Workshop, Learners will make a beautiful Ndebele traditional bracelet.
The Ndebele people live in Zimbabwe and South Africa. They are well known for their artistic talent, and particularly for their bright and colorful jewelry made of beadwork.
The art of making jewelry out of beadwork is an inherent part of our culture. It is our custom to gift jewelry to signify different life transitions, such as from childhood to womanhood or manhood, or during courtship as a sign of commitment and promise. Similar to modern day promise rings, a couple would exchange gifts in the form of jewelry or clothing as a sign of commitment until they marry. This is called Nduma.
Traditionally this craft uses sewing, beading and wrapping. However, as a children's craft it has been adjusted to make it easier for children by removing the sewing, and putting the majority of the beads on the thread in advance. The design of the bracelet we will make during this Workshop reflects one of our distinctive styles of incorporating the use of color separations.
The Ndebele are also known for the use of a spiral design, diamond shapes, or our distinct Ndebele prints. The artwork of each tribe has easily recognizable and identifiable characteristics. A Ndebele bracelet has a design that is very simple compared with other tribes, and could also be made using just one color. The Ndebele are especially known for their thick beaded netted necklaces, thick leg jewelry, and big-beaded body jewelry that is worn from the waist to the knee.
I look forward to teaching you how to make a beautiful, traditional Ndebele bracelet!
Please note: This Workshop is recommended for children ages 10+ as it requires a certain level of dexterity. The completed bracelet will be 8 inches long.