Handmade Beaded Disc Earrings With Fringe


Handmade bead work disc earrings made with bright multicolored seed beads with fringe. Inspired by the magnificently beautiful and colorful jewelry of South Africa. The french hook ear wires and findings are sterling silver.These large but very lightweight earrings measure 3 inches The fringe is 3 inches. The hoops are 2.25 inches.

Zulu beadwork has been valued as currency, as decoration, and as a marker of identity. Disingwayo the uncle of Shaka and Shaka himself, controlled the bead trade and monopolized not only the beads themselves but also the colors and designs available to groups within Shaka’s control. Beadwork became a status symbol and an important item of personal expression as well. Stylistic variations of beadwork such as pattern, color and color sequence indicate area or group affiliation. Colors and patterns take on more personally expressive meanings as in the case of Zulu “love letters. Recently beadwork has become a symbol of political identity as well, with color and pattern indicating political affiliation. Instead of beads being worn only by the conservative, traditional members of the community, wearing beadwork is increasingly being seen as reclaiming a cultural identity.

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