Ukuthwasa style : meaning, significance and change in beadwork and apparel in the White River area of eastern Mpumalanga

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dc.contributor.advisor Karen von Veh en_US
dc.contributor.author Simmons, Fiona
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-08T07:16:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-08T07:16:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-08
dc.date.submitted 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4514
dc.description M.Tech. en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of my research is to discover how the garments, beadwork and accoutrements worn and used by proponents of the ukuthwasa1 subculture manifest meaning and significance amongst healers and initiates in the White River area, Eastern Mpumalanga. The visual language and style of traditional healers in this region is unique in South Africa, as it is informed by belief systems incorporating primarily the Nguni2 and the Emandzawe3 cultures. Also, they are influenced by the combined garment styles of the Swazi, and to a lesser extent the Shangaan and Tsonga people resident in this area. I suggest, therefore that ukuthwasa style in this region acts as a visual repository of these amalgamated cultures, which I visually substantiate through relevant photographic documentation. This study includes considerations of the way in which ritual objects, shrines and architectural spaces are dressed and decorated. Furthermore I examine how the beadwork and apparel aid in constructing and establishing identity and status within the designated society, and how, over and above the dictates of their tradition, personal preferences and different ways of teaching doctrine allow for individual interpretation. I also examine ways in which dress and beadwork serve as a site of knowledge and healing, and results in a fluidity of artistic expression, which defies categorisation and constantly invigorates the existing culture. Lastly, I consider change through urbanization and its impact on this culture. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Healers clothing en_US
dc.subject Nguni beadwork en_US
dc.subject Clothing and dress en_US
dc.subject Art and society en_US
dc.title Ukuthwasa style : meaning, significance and change in beadwork and apparel in the White River area of eastern Mpumalanga en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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