Badge

Description
Traditionally, beads are used to communicate messages and ideas. This pin badge was made to raise awareness of AIDS. In 2016, South Africa had the highest HIV epidemic in the world. The use of a safety pin (isiqhano) relays a customary message that love or compassion is fixed onto that person for good.
Accession Loan No.
172/2000
Collection Class
Personal ornament
Common Name
badge
Simple Name
badge
Full Name
beaded badge
Dimensions
whole height 50 mm; whole W 37 mm
Period Classification
MOD
Production Date
2000
Production Country
South Africa
Production Area Region
Southern Africa
Production Continent
Africa
Family Group

Material
glass; iron; cotton
Function Name
badge
Function Detail
Beadwork is a traditional product of South and South East Africa. It acted as currency in the 19th century with the Zulu king possessing the monopoly on bead importation from Europe. Here, the tradition continues today in a modern form to highlight a contemporary issue.
Collection Area Region
S
Collection Continent
Africa

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