All designs and finished products are based on fond memories of beautiful South Africa. I was lucky enough to spend three wonderful decades there, and I am still enchanted by the Ndebele house painting art and Zulu bead work art. This is a little tribute to Esther Mahlangu of Botshabelo near Middleburg in Mpumalanga, a northeastern province in South Africa. She made the Ndebele Art famous in 1991 when she was commissioned to paint a BMW 525i for the BMW Art Collection in Paris. She and my in-laws knew each other very well and lived just down the road of each other.
My first encounter with the Ndebele tribe was in the early 70's, when I went on a Sunday afternoon walk through the bushveld with my guest family. We met some beautiful Ndebele women, which were dressed in their traditional clothes, singing and dancing in the sunset. I was so moved by their strong voices, the colorful dresses and brightly painted houses in the background, that the image is still in my mind as if it happened yesterday.
On my last visit to South Africa I came across the legendary Zulu bead work and the Ndebele symetrical art appearing on various products. But I haven't seen it in embroidery style. Encouraged by souvenir shop owners, friends and family, I gave it a try to create some designs for embroidery machines.
So, if you like what you see I would gladly publish your comments. Should you be keen enough to stich the designs yourself there are embroidery files for you to download or you may let me do the work as desired.
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