Earth Africa, based in Durban, South Africa are BULK WHOLESALE SUPPLIERS of authentic African products including Zulu Beadwork, African Jewellery, Curios and Ethnic clothing.
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Earth Africa, based in Durban, South Africa are BULK WHOLESALE 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 wholesale prices, we do not sell retail to the public. We ship worldwide.
The Beaded SA Flag is a widely recognised African Beadwork product, especially suited to the Promotional and Corporate Industry. The colours 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.
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.
ZULU LOVE LETTERS.
Zulu Love Letters are African Beaded messages given by Zulu maidens to their lovers as symbols of their love and affection, each bead colour 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.
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 colour 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 colours 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 uniquely South African Beadwork Jewellery of which Earth Africa carries a wide range and frequently adds new styles.
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.
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, fibre, 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 are 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 labour-intensive and requires numerous steps to achieve the desired result, from washing and painting the egg, to painstakingly cutting out the selected image and glueing 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 handles carved into zebra and giraffe as well as 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 favourites.
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 headpieces usually handmade from springbok hide are also a favourite, 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 and 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 which are 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 art form 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, colourful paintings. These African artists have no formal training and draw inspiration from their surroundings, their artistic style is bold and colourful and irregular. Acrylic on canvas artworks literally painted on the streets is 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.
WORLD AIDS DAY - 01 DECEMBER 2020
Beaded Aids ribbons, flags and keyrings handmade by the rural community of South Africa in support of World Aids Day 2020. Women and girls in rural areas face the greatest burden of work given their traditional responsibilities for growing much of the food and caring for the sick and dying. In many hard-hit communities, girls are being withdrawn from school to help lighten the family load. African beadwork is an additional source of income for these impoverished rural women allowing them to support themselves and their families.
AFRICAN BEADED CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.
Experience an African Christmas this year with our exquisite range of African beaded Christmas decorations. Decorate your Christmas tree with Beaded Xmas stars, balls, snowflakes, angels and many other merry designs, all handmade by highly skilled Zulu beaders from the rural areas of South Africa. We can also custom design the packaging to include your company or personal logo.
VALENTINES DAY GIFTS.
African beadwork handmade with love in South Africa is the perfect Valentines Day gift, spoil your loved ones and work colleagues with our beaded keyrings, lanyards, Zulu Love Letters etc. We can also package and personalize these beaded items with your company logo.
See the full range in our ONLINE PRODUCTS CATALOGUE to the left of this page.