Monday, June 23, 2014

Colour Inspiration of the Week: The Ndebele Tribe

Vibrant Ndebele Art  

Have you ever heard of the Ndebele tribe? Chances are you've seen elements of their culture in fashion magazines and not even realized it. The women of the Ndebele Tribe in South Africa create the most colorful geometric paintings and bead work. All of the it is done by hand.

Legendary supermodel, Iman, poses in front of an Ndebele
house painting

The Ndebele people first started painting artwork on their homes during the 18th century to communicate with each other. The paintings were a secret code that could not be recognised by the European settlers who were encroaching on their land. What the Europeans saw as non-threatening folk art was actually a subtle means of resistance!

Learn more about the Ndebele people here

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