Yellow Man on Red - Beaded Bag

Yellow Man on Red - Beaded Bag
Yellow Man on Red - Beaded Bag

Capetown, South Africa, c.2005.
Glass beads, cotton thread.  Similar design on back.
(7" h. x 5 1/4" w. with 42" beaded strap.)

Artist Mathapelo Ngaka in Santa Fe, July 2006.

The 180 women currently participating in the project are producing a variety of one-of-a-kind dolls and bags. In designing and creating these artworks, the women draw on and renew the rich artistic traditions of their several ethnic groups - Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho and others. In thse works the bead artists of the Cape townships are creating a new, often humorous and sometimes quite startling synthesis of folk traditions.