African Beaded Keyrings
Earth Africa, based in Durban, South Africa are wholesale & retail suppliers of authentic African products including Zulu Beadwork, African Jewellery, Curios and Ethnic clothing. See our PRODUCT CATALOGUE to the left of this page for the complete range of over 3000 African products - the prices shown are retail prices, please register as a wholesale buyer above to access the reseller / wholesale prices.
ZULU LOVE LETTERS......VALENTINES GIFTS.
Zulu Love Letters are African Beaded messages given by Zulu maidens to their lovers as symbols of their love and affection, each bead color conveys a different message. Zulu Love Letters can be custom made in any colour, they can also be supplied on a card showing the Zulu Love Letter verse, this card can also be customized to incorporate company log's etc.
African Beadwork is the 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, yet they still manage to produce outstanding, authentic products in difficult circumstances.
The Beaded SA Flag is another widely recognised African Beadwork product, especially suited to the Promotional and Corporate Industry. The colors of the SA Flag have been incorporated into a range of beadwork products including beaded SA Flag keyrings, beaded lanyards, beaded pens, tin mugs and jewellery. Earth Africa stocks an extensive range of these beaded SA Flag products, we can also custom make to your specific requirements.
Zulu hats or 'Isicholos' in Zulu were traditionally worn only by the married Zulu woman of South Africa during religious and cultural ceremonies, however more and more young woman of all cultures are wearing these Isicholos as a fashion statement. Zulu hats come in every color of the rainbow with varying amounts of detail, they are also available in different sizes. Zulu Hats have become a symbol of the Zulu women's national identity and showcase their creative expression.
Interior decorators in South Africa have also recognized the Zulu hats vibrant colors and intricate African designs make inspiring traditional art pieces and are often used to decorate luxury Safari lodges and African themed homes.
Traditional African beaded necklaces, bracelets, bangles and earrings, handmade in South Africa in eye catching colours and designs have become sought after worldwide. Traditional African designs have fused with contemporary styles creating unique South African Beadwork Jewellery of which Earth Africa carries a wide range and frequently adds new styles.
Have an African Christmas this year with our fabulous range of Beaded Christmas decorations handmade in South Africa. We stock a wide range including Christmas stars, balls, tree's and animals. We can also personalize the packaging to include your company logo.
African Telephone wire baskets or 'Mbenge' in Zulu, handmade using age old grass weaving techniques were first developed by night shift security guards who passed the time weaving recycled telephone wire onto their security sticks. These skills were then transferred to the ornately designed telephone wire baskets of today.
Earth Africa is predominantly a wholesale company however all the products on our website are also available for retail customers. The prices shown on this website are all RETAIL PRICES and will also be a lot more inexpensive than if you were to buy the same product from a curio shop. We have a huge range of over 3000 African Products ranging from African Beaded Jewelry, African Curios, African Tableware and so much more, see the full range in the product catalogue to the left of this page. See more info on retail buying here.
AFRICAN BEADED PENS.
African Beaded pens make superb Corporate & Promotional gifts, we can bead basic text into the pen eg; CAPE TOWN, NEW YORK, LONDON, we also make these beaded pens in the ever popular SA Flag Colours or we can even put your full company logo onto the packaging. They are available in all colours and designs.
African Masks are crafted from natural materials including wood, cloth, fiber, clay, copper and typically painted or stained with vegetable dyes. Traditionally African masks are used during ceremonies, dancing and ritual prepare men and woman for the battles of life, occupy their leisure or give expression to different forms of religious belief.
AFRICAN BEADED STATUES.
African Beaded Statues handmade from Ebony wood with intricate beadwork trim, free standing on a small wood base. Supplied as a set of male and female, when closely examined the female statue is holding a water carrier on her head in the traditional method used by most rural Africans to carry heavy loads over long distances. Besides their aesthetic ornamental beauty, these beaded statues have been widely used in the Corporate Industry as table place card holders, being free standing they are ideally suited to this function, the recipient also gets a super gift at the end of the event.
Decoupage or "painted" Ostrich eggs in Big Five, Bushman, wildlife or a host of other African designs, we also personalise these eggs to include your company logo or even add an image of your own choice. We offer different stands which must be ordered separately - all ostrich eggs are supplied in a cardboard box. The decoupage process is labor intensive and requires numerous steps to achieve the desired result, from washing and painting the egg, to painstakingly cutting out the selected image and gluing it on, then applying numerous coats of varnish to seal and finish the process.
AFRICAN BEADED SALAD SERVERS.
Stainless steel salad servers hand beaded in a kaleidoscope of different bead colours then decorated with a wire trim, you can also personalize the packaging header card by inserting your company logo, this makes for a great corporate gift item. To compliment our beaded salad servers we also stock a range of wood carved salad servers with with handles carved into zebra and giraffe as well has bone carved handles with painted artwork.
AFRICAN CURIOS & CARVINGS.
Earth Africa stocks a range of authentic African curios and carvings sourced from craft projects all over Africa including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Kenya. We are fortunate to have people from different African cultures joining forces to create fresh innovative ideas. Visitors from abroad continue to be amazed at the originality of these carvings and at most of our exiting airports one will invariably see a wooden giraffe head popping out of a visitors luggage. Wood carvings of The Big Five, elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino are also perennial favorites.
Madiba shirts were first popularized by Nelson Mandela and have since become synonymous with South African men's dress code, our African shirts come in rich vibrant colours with intricate neck detail. Leopard print vests and the uMblaselo (waistcoat and trouser set originally made from patched clothing) are also unique to South Africa. During ceremonies and events, animal hide head pieces usually handmade from springbok hide are also a favorite, this tradition harks back to the bygone era of King Shaka and his legendary Zulu warriors.
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN WOMENS CLOTHING.
Zulu Skirts with colourful beadwork trim worn with beaded necklaces and ornately designed Zulu hats is the very essence Zulu culture. With the emergence of the New South Africa in the early nineties rural woman flocked to the cities seeking employment, discarding their Traditional African clothing they in turn embraced the modern Western dress code and for many years their traditions were in decline. Fortunately, there has been a revival in African Traditional clothing which has once again become popular and fashionable, not only in South Africa but the world over, one only has to look at mega online stores like ETSY for evidence of this.
AFRICAN BEAD AND WIREWORK.
Beaded animals, baobab trees, birds, flowers and reptiles are just some of the bead & wirework artefacts on offer, these products are all uniquely designed and handmade, making them excellent souvenirs, gifts or simply beautiful decorations with an African twist. This category is closely linked to our African beaded keyrings as they are crafted by the same artisans using similar wire and beadwork techniques. These techniques is unique to the Zimbabwean artists most of whom live and work in South Africa to escape the conflict in their own country, the proceeds are sent home to support their families. It is an absolute tragedy that the beautiful and once prosperous Zimbabwe has been destroyed by the greed of its former leader and his cronies, forcing its citizens to leave their homeland to eke out a living in neighbouring countries.
AFRICAN STREET ART.
African street art or township art, this uniquely South African artform depicts the reality of the harsh life and poverty of the people living in African Townships, and yet through all this deprivation, the spirit of the African Artists emerges with bright, colorful paintings. These African artists have no formal training and draw inspiration from their surroundings, their artistic style is bold and colorful and irregular. Acrylic on canvas artworks literally painted on the streets are sold to tourists for a fraction of their value. The Arts of Africa will only prosper and continue to gain popularity if these upcoming artists are supported and given every opportunity to grow their natural talent and develop into world renown artists.
See the full range in our ONLINE PRODUCTS CATALOGUE to the left of this page.
When you access the catalogue for the first time all the prices shown are retail prices, if you are a reseller / wholesaler please register above to access wholesale prices. Thank you.