Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
Ubuhle Women showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The black fabric on which the Ubuhle women work is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts which many of them grew up wearing. Using skills handed down through generations, and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul,” according to artist Ntombephi Ntobela, the women create abstract as well as figurative subjects for their ndwangos. Ubuhle means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages and it describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a particular spiritual significance. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC in
cooperation with Curators Bev Gibson, Ubuhle Beads and James Green, and is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists.
- Adult: $14.00
- Children (6 & under): $0.00
- Museum Members: $0.00
- Seniors, Students & Active Militray: $11.00
- Youth (7-17): $6.00