When I traveled to South Africa recently, I was fascinated to learn it has a myriad of ethnic groups and eleven official languages. The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and they produce some of my favorite bead work. I picked up the items pictured above trolling markets and funky little shops.
To learn more about the lore and language of Zulu beadwork, press Here. To learn more about Zulu beadwork in general, press Here.
One of my favorite beadwork authors, Diane Fitzgerald, has a forthcoming book from Interweave Press entitled Zulu Inspired Beadwork.
To learn more about the rich history and culture of the Zulu, press Here.