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Artwork by Boipelo Lecha

Isicholo

"Isicholo" is the name of the Zulu headpiece in this piece. 

Growing up, I never knew that my great-grandmother was Zulu. Unfortunately, I found this out at her funeral when it was too late to ask her about the culture and traditions. I was still really intrigued by the Zulu part of my heritage so I started doing my own research and I came across the "Isicholo". This headpiece was worn by married women to show that they are off the market. Nowadays, women only wear them on their wedding day.

The patterns in the background were inspired by patterns found on traditional Ndebele houses.

 Photography, Digital Drawing

2020

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