The African Flora depicted through Ndebele Print
The Ndebele are a Southern African ethic group, who created their own tradition and style of house painting in the 18the century. These paintings and murals on their walls were initially created as a form of expression and communication of the grief they were suffering post the loss of the 1883 war. They stood for the continuity of their community strength despite their grief and cultural resistance to their circumstances. The wall paintings were secret codes created by the women, concealed in meaning to anyone but the Ndebele. These symbols where always vibrant in design and expressed their self-identification, values, emotions, personal prayers and marriage.
The five main colours used in classic Ndebele prints are the same colour palates which inspired our colour usage in the depiction of African Flora through our latest range. These are red and dark red, yellow to gold, blue, green and pink. Each colour gives a symbolic meaning to the Ndebele.
The Ndebele print has been used in some stunning art works, homeware and accessories; and the depiction of their painting work has also been a huge inspiration to other accessory designers across the globe.