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Description

In this Workshop, Learners will make a beautiful Ndebele traditional bracelet.

The Ndebele people live in Zimbabwe and South Africa.  They are well known for their artistic talent, and particularly for their bright and colorful jewelry made of beadwork.

The art of making jewelry out of beadwork is an inherent part of our culture.  It is our custom to gift jewelry to signify different life transitions, such as from childhood to womanhood or manhood, or during courtship as a sign of commitment and promise. Similar to modern day promise rings, a couple would exchange gifts in the form of jewelry or clothing as a sign of commitment until they marry. This is called Nduma.

Traditionally this craft uses sewing, beading and wrapping. However, as a children's craft it has been adjusted to make it easier for children by removing the sewing, and putting the majority of the beads on the thread in advance.  The design of the bracelet we will make during this Workshop reflects one of our distinctive styles of incorporating the use of color separations.  

The Ndebele are also known for the use of a spiral design, diamond shapes, or our distinct Ndebele prints.  The artwork of each tribe has easily recognizable and identifiable characteristics. A Ndebele bracelet has a design that is very simple compared with other tribes, and could also be made using just one color. The Ndebele are especially known for their thick beaded netted necklaces, thick leg jewelry, and big-beaded body jewelry that is worn from the waist to the knee.

I look forward to teaching you how to make a beautiful, traditional Ndebele bracelet! 

Please note: This Workshop is recommended for children ages 10+ as it requires a certain level of dexterity. The completed bracelet will be 8 inches long.

What You'll Need

GLOkit What's a GLOkit?

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Ndebele Traditional Bracelet GLOkit

The GLOkit contains threaded Miyuki 3mm beads (in 5 colors and black), an 8mm piece of rope, and ends caps.

GLOkit Included

Additional Supplies

Learners will need:

  • A fast drying, super glue (gorilla glue, Krazy glue, etc.)
  • Scissors

 

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Hilda ChishambaView Profile

My name is Hilda Tsungai Chishamba, you can call me Tsungie or Hilda.  I have always been a creative person.  I love crafting as a way to express myself, but also as a way to deal with pressure and stress.  To me, the process of making something is most enjoyable, even more than the final product. 

My earliest memory of crafting was with my late grandmother, when I was around 6 or 7 years old, in the rural areas of Zimbabwe.  She taught me how to weave a bracelet out of reeds.  This was a fun project to do every time we went there to collect clay for making clay pots.  I would make the bracelets while she dug up the clay.  Weaving with long grass or reeds is something done by most kids in my country.  I also remember sharing different ways to weave the long grass bracelets with my friends on our way home from school.  We would weave with four grass pieces to create a herringbone pattern.  There was also another pattern where we used six pieces of long grass to make this beautiful interconnected rope. Making grass bracelets is a memory I hold dear, because it's a craft that my grandmother showed me.  

My favorite materials to work with are beads, yarn and reed fibres.  Beadwork is a big part of African culture, and I especially love making African jewelry.  I enjoy trying out existing patterns and also making my own patterns.  Zimbabweans are a colorful people, and we take pride in our culture.  Our culture uses vibrant colors to depict different meanings. The cultural use of color inspires me in my crafts which are also very colorful and vibrant.  In addition to beadwork, I enjoy crocheting slippers and necklaces, macrameing, and knitting.

 

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Ndebele Traditional Bracelet