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Title:An exploration of the Durban beachfront Isizulu women beadmakers' experience of learning beading
Authors:James, Angela
Bansilal, SarahISNI
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:South Africa
indigenous knowledge
Abstract:The Durban beachfront is enriched by the presence of the isiZulu women beadmakers. The colourful array of beaded products skillfully made by them is sold to locals and tourists. What is interesting is the social dynamics among these women of sharing and learning the skill and knowledge of beading. The authors asked three women to be volunteers in their research as they were interested in exploring the learning process. They used a naturalistic, interpretive qualitative case study approach to give meaning to the experiences of each woman. The data collection methods included semi-structured interviews and visual data (photographs of the products). The qualitative data collected for the research was analysed using an ongoing process of inductive analysis. The findings reveal that the women's experience of making beaded items moved from an essential historical-sociocultural one to an essential sociocultural-economic one. What was very significant was the intense social learning that took place among the women, in a casual, free and high-spirited manner. In this way, the necessity of sharing and learning was acceptable. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]