Ndebele Ceremonial Doll Small
The Ndebele are among the smallest tribes in Southern Africa, but are easily one of the most colourful and distinctive. Over the years dolls have played an important part in Ndebele culture. During courtship, a suitor would place a doll outside a young woman’s hut, indicating his intention to propose mariage to her.
28 cm H
This is a Fair Trade Product, part of the proceeds go back to the community and is hand made in South Africa
Among the Nguni people the Sangoma is an important specialist, a diviner who claims contact with the ancestral spirits. It is believed that she reveals the will of the spirits. The Sangoma is revered as the protector of society and her opinion and judgement are highly valued.
Fertility is of major importance to the Ndebele people. A fertility doll is made ( in secret) for the bride by the maternal Grandmother and is ritually presented to her when she enters her new hut after the wedding ceremony.Custom has it that, after the birth of the third child, the fertility doll must be given away, or destroyed,because it is considered unlucky to keep it any longer.
These baskets are woven by a group of over 700 rural women in the mountains of Swaziland.
Their aim is to create innovative contemporary designs using traditional hand skills and locally sustainable raw materials. Their aim is to create innovative contemporary designs using traditional hand skills and locally sustainable raw materials. They use Lutindzi grass.
The women, many of whom are grandmothers, work from home enabling them to maintain a traditional lifestyle and to care for their own children, and many vulnerable or orphaned children within their community.
size 15 cm dia