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Zulu Beadwork

Zulu Beadwork

Author: Eleanor Preston-Whyte

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Volume 3 in the series of the Print Matters Traditional Zulu Crafts Series

A brief outline of the history of beadmaking in KwaZulu-Natal, followed by an examination of the response of contemporary Zulu beadmakers to the growing market potential of fashion and speciality beadwork, both within South Africa and, increasingly, on the international market.

  • Continuity and Change in Zulu Beadwork 
  • Historical Beadwork Collections
  • Speaking with Beads: Zulu 'Love Letters', Bead Messages and Meaning 
  • Zulu 'idoli'
  • Expanding Beadwork Frontiers post 1980 
  • Beadwork for the New Millenium 
  • Beadwork that speaks of Zulu Identity and Nationalism
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Eleanor Preston-Whyte

Former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Eleanor Preston-Whyte is a social anthropologist whose interest in Zulu Beadwork dates from the 1960s when she undertook ethnographic research in the burgeoning craft markets that were beginning to line the highways to the north and south of the city of Durban. She is the author of a number of publications on the role of craftwork in informal money making and, in particular, on the part it has played in enabling Zulu women to build their own homes and educate generations of black children who might not otherwise have attended school and, in many cases, gone on to study at colleges of higher education and university.