Wire and Beaded Animals - These gorgeous African wire beaded giraffes can be twisted into any shape or form. Bead and wire crafting is an original African art form. Young men in South Africa and Zimbabwe would spend spare time, partially due to high unemployment, creating recycled crafts and toys from scrap wire, tin and other materials. This has become known a township art. The wire framing is mostly done by men, as it requires considerable strength in addition to skill. The bead and wire animal collection captures the heart and spirit of Africa’s majestic wildlife.
About the Tribe
The Shona ethnic group is indigenous to Southern Africa, primarily Zimbabwe, but there are significant Shona populations in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. In Zimbabwe, the Shona people make up most of the population. Stone sculpture and mbira music have made them famous around the world (mbira: an instrument made of a hollow gourd with metal reeds that the player plucks). This tribe is believed to be responsible for the construction of several ancient stone wall sites in Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe, an 800-hectare city that flourished between the 11th and 15th centuries AD, was built on the physical foundation of these walls. Great Zimbabwe, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site was a center for trade, and archaeologists have discovered artifacts on site from as far away as China.
LARGE - 20" TALL
SMALL - 18" TALL