Understanding the patterns on a Zulu Basket

Understanding the patterns on a Zulu Basket

 

The Marriage Design

A special basket is woven by the Bride, or a member of her family, as a gift from her to the Groom, which he will use at the Wedding as a beer-drinking vessel.  The story of the marriage is woven for prosperity, and for all to see – the more affluent the family, the more detailed the design woven into the basket.

Small Squares or Dots – A celebration of fruitfulness ( good rains, good crops, new child)

Married Man ( this would indicate that the man had been married before if it was in a Marriage Design)

Diamonds – feminine

Triangles – Masculine

Zig Zag Pattern – The Assagais of Shaka