Museum Visit: Zulu Exhibit

Dress was very crucial to the Zulus’ identity. It was really interesting to learn that the handmade objects were a significant part of their rich culture because it connected them to their ancestors. These personal items also express the Zulus’ social status and identity.

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The Zulu Exhibition gave me inspirations for my final project. One object that stood out to me was this loincloth that is made of brass buttons and pink/black bead fringes. The colors work really well together. I really like that in contrast to the brass buttons that are very rough and military-like, the Zulus added pink beads so that the loincloth would also look feminine and soft.

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I also like this belt that is made of cotton, woven fiber, glass, and thread. The geometric designs in the beadwork are really beautiful and intricate. I really like how the Zulus used shapes such as diamonds and chevrons to decorate their belts.

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Thus, for my final project, I want to create a garment that is made of fabric with many contrasting shapes and colors. I also want to work with soft and sheer fabric that will drape the body nicely.  I also want my garment to include some sort of a belt that would beautifully accentuate the body like the Zulu’s did.

Examples of fabrics:

Multicolored African Pattern With Geometric Shapes/symbols  Fabre Fabric_Sheer_Fabric_Voile_Fabric  Fabric_Shebric