Well are they? How did you stumble across my article? No doubt you were looking for this very thing “Unique” am I right?
Lets face it times have changed long gone are the days of knitting and crocheting. Yes I know what you are thinking; there are still a few talented people around that do these crafts. But let’s admit it now with the introduction of computers & Xbox the next generation is more interested in helping scratch from ice age rather than doing embroidery. And with mass production of goods, from China and other countries unique is becoming rarer.
Well I have made it my personal quest to find “Unique”.
Let’s start by saying that on a trip to Africa, I most definitely found it . The African tribal people would undoubtedly have to be some of the most talented people in the world.
There Beadwork/Wirework designs are truly amazing. Yes you heard right! These talented artisans for the Ndebele tribe express themselves through this very art form.
Dating back they used the beadwork mostly for ceremonial occasions, using organic materials, but now with the introduction of glass beads through overseas visitors, there artistry has turned to something with a more modern and creative twist.
Traditionally over the years, the tribal women were renowned for the ceremonial costumes and for there basket weaving, put the two together and they started creating
the most beautiful designs.
Today Africa is experiencing a revolution. Numbers of talented artisans, are making these steel wire sculptures and then beading them with bright bold colors. Animal sculptures, jewelry, mobiles, wall art, decorative bottles, vases, and cutlery the list is endless.
This truly is unique artisanship.