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Ndebele huts

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Watercolour on Visual 200gsm
From my Africa / Ethnic series.
The Ndebele peoples of Lesotho and South Africa are well-known for the wonderful art that adorns the walls of their homes – the wall paintings of the Ndebele were originally meant to be guideposts to the indigenous persons passing on the road. They announce that “We are Ndebele. Ndebele live here.”

The Ndebele tribe, who belong to the large group of Nguni peoples, in the early 18th Century, originally lived in grass huts, and it wasn’t until they began using mud-walled houses in the mid-18th Century did these symbols begin to be created on their houses and walls. However, in more modern times, bricks are being used to construct the homes, but still with the same beautiful adornments.

The back and side walls of the house were often painted in earth colours and decorated with simple geometric shapes that were shaped with the fingers and outlined in black. The most innovative and complex designs were painted, in the brightest colours, on the front walls of the house. The front wall that enclosed the courtyard in front of the house formed the gateway (izimpunjwana) and was given special care.

Just as colourful as the wall paintings are the clothes and beaded jewellery of the women. They are a reflection of the family’s social status.

23rd July 2010 – FEATURED in “Fauna & Flora South Africa”
4th October 2010 – FEATURED in “Hand Drawn Buildings or Architecture”
12th October 2010 – FEATURED in “African Beauty”
24th February 2011 – FEATURED in “Painting the Country Life”
2nd March 2010 – FEATURED in “Ethnic Art”
3rd March 2011 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
19th February 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”
20th February 2014 – FEATURED in “Afrikaans”
21st February 2014 – FEATURED in “Live, Love, Dream”
28th February 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Discover the World: Southern Africa” in ‘PostCard Style’
30th October 2015 – FEATURED in “The Best of Anything and Everything”
18th August 2016 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”
10th December 2017 – FEATURED in “Yahoo—Doodles”

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