Perkals' Proudly African Range
We are proud to be able to introduce Perkals' range of Decorative Pewter, Glass, Beading, Clay Pots, African Masks, Art, African Jewellery and African clothing products from Africa.. These unique and purely African products reflect our country in the most unique way and make for wonderful "Proudly South African" Corporate Gifts. Find some more details on this extensive range below, together with links to the respective categories
African Beadwork or 'Zulu Beadwork' is the largest and most important craft industry in South Africa, with beautiful beading techniques and skills being passed down through the generations from mothers to daughters. These rural African Beadwork ladies are some of the most impoverished people in Africa and the proceeds from their hand made Beaded Jewelry, Beaded Tin Mugs, Beaded Key Rings, Beaded Lanyards, Beaded Tableware and many other African Beadwork crafts supports themselves and their families.
Telephone Wire Baskets
Zulu Wire Baskets are called 'Mbenge' in Zulu and are hand made using age old grass weaving techniques. Security guards working night shift started this wire work by weaving recycled telephone wire onto their security sticks. Huge array of colorful patterns and designs available.
Zulu Hats are traditionally only worn by the married Zulu woman. These brightly colored 'Isicholos' are made from a framework of grass and palm leaves covered in fabric with intricate bead and stitch work trim. Zulu hats have moved beyond clothing and are now used as African decor.
Madiba Shirts affectionately named after Nelson Mandela are brightly colored shirts with intricate neck detail. Most Madiba Shirts are pullover shirts with two front pockets and are available in a wide selection of colors and styles.
Brightly colored African bracelets, African necklaces and African earrings are worn by the local Zulu Maidens. Traditional African designs have fused with contemporary styles creating unique South African Beadwork Jewelry. The beaded Zulu Love Letter is an example of this creativity.
The African Art community includes some of the most naturally talented African Artists in the world with an incredibly diverse arrangement of artworks on offer, from scrimshaw art onto soapstone carvings, charcoal sketches, colorful wax batiks, banana leaf art, beautiful wildlife oil paintings, to the humble emerging African street art or township art. African 'Big Five' wall hangings hand made in the local community project is another form of African Art.
African Masks hand made from wood and fiber with metal inlays and African patterns, representing the different African cultures and tribes of indigenous Africans, from the East to the West Coast of Africa in their traditional ceremonies for both the living and the dead, most of these African Masks are highly decorated.
African baskets, bowls, picnic baskets and mats from grass, palm leaf fronds and other natural materials are used in the rural villages on a daily basis and yet these baskets are so skillfully made with African patterns and designs that they have become sought after as African Decor.
African clay pots with intricately etched designs, are moulded using natural clay from the forests are fired in open pits, polished to a high gloss and sold at roadside stalls.
Dolls From Africa
Zulu Love Letters
For the entire "Purely African Range" please click here (link attached) to view
At the end of the long, hot, dusty African day, tribesmen sit on Nguni Hides and drink 'Tswala' (African beer) while beating cow hide drums which echoes over the plains and through the valleys of this amazing continent that we call home. The young boys return from the fields with their Nguni cattle.
Just another beautiful day in Africa...
Thank you - Siyabonga.