ARTISTS

ANGELINE MASUKU

The artist Angeline Masuku

The big, bold woven baskets with their contemporary shapes and strong, quirky designs are a world removed from the conventional shapes and designs of traditional Zulu basket weaving.

Yet Angeline is a rural Zulu woman who was born and still lives near Hlabisa, a deep-rural town in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal’s traditional Zululand area. Her weaving techniques and the materials she uses are also strongly rooted in the ancient Zulu art of basket weaving, which she first learnt as a child.

Above all, Angeline is a remarkably strong, independent woman who has succeeded against great odds. She has also managed to defy the cultural expectations of what a single woman should be and how she should behave in deep-rural KwaZulu-Natal.

Traditional Zulu woven basket