Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions of Natal, South Africa

Zulu Culture and Traditions

Zulu Lifestyle, Clothes, Dancing, Religion, Food, Crafts.

Zulu baskets and grasswork, telephone wire baskets.

Zulu Crafts

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Zulu Baskets

Zulu BasketworkA variety of materials are used to construct vessels - clay, grass and telephone wire.

However where clay is scarce, baskets are made using the split leaves of the iLala palm. Soaking the leaves in a natural colourant made from dung or other natural pigments creates patterns. The patterns advertise the maker of the basket and often incorporate traditional designs. The vessels are sealed with moist maize flour that causes the grass to swell.

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Natal Accommodation Guide
Natal Accommodation Guide
Natal Accommodation Guide