ZULU LOVE LETTERS


HELLO TRAVELERS! Our latest kit features beadwork from South Africa. Zulu beadwork goes back centuries and the beads have significance from the colors chosen to the patterns used. One traditional item is the Zulu Love Letter, a pattern of beads that girls and young women would stitch for someone they were crushing on. Traditionally they were part of a larger necklace, but in recent years artisans have placed them on safety pins and sometimes do more modern designs like the South African flag or an AIDS ribbon to raise awareness. If you want to try your own Zulu Love Letter, here's a tutorial to get you going and these traditional patterns can inspire you. If you're hooked, I recommend this book on Zulu bead projects, including Love Letters. Happy beading!