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Recreating African adornment

Recreating African adornment

 

Gift Sithole, up-and-coming African jeweller, holds an exhibition at Elephant’s Walk, Victoria Falls.

Elephant’s Walk celebrated the exquisite work of Gift Sithole, talented wire worker and jeweller, with a three week exhibition in April;  Zambezi Traveller was there. (See the Ruoko Project, Zambezi Traveller # 8, Victoria Falls section.)

Sithole takes antique beads and artifacts and turns them into unique collector’s items. “I am holding over two hundred years of African adornment history in my hands. Imagine if I was sitting with a medium, what would these works tell?”  said Gail Van Jaarsveldt.

Van Jaarsveldt and her team lead by Christie Brookstein hosted the opening night of the exhibition in the Jafuta Cultural Museum at Elephants Walk, Victoria Falls. Traditional leaders, local government and National Parks representatives, businessmen and women mingled with jewellery collectors and tourists to express their appreciation of the craft, while Sithole was all smiles as he watched many of his unique pieces being reserved.

Sithole thanked the community for coming out to support him and thanked Van Jaarsveldt for recognizing him as an artist and for the opportunities that she has given him.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 09, June 2012)

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