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Beaded panel (ithemba)
Kangezile MaMajoli Ndlovu NOT ON WEBSITE BUT IN EXHIBITION
Beaded Panel (ithemba)
Museum Purchase with Harn General Program Endowment Funds
By the 1960s, with the rise in school attendance and literacy among Zulu families, beadworkers in the Msinga area were inspired by the image of classroom blackboards covered with text. This panel is the first in a series made by Kangezile MaMajoli Ndlovu for her future husband. The panels express the joys and difficulties of the relationship. The message, “dela wazala mame,” expresses joy at the birth of the couple’s son, and was given to the boy by his mother. The knotted corner adornments symbolize clasped hands, and emphasize the warmth of her feelings.