Nicole Nett

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

Overview

The DAI’s summer exhibition, Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The black fabric on which the Ubuhle women work is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts which many of them grew up wearing. Using skills handed down through generations, and working in their own unique style—“directly from the soul,” according to artist Ntombephi Ntobela—the women create abstract as well as figurative subjects for their ndwangos. Ubuhle means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages, and it describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that has a particular spiritual significance for the Xhosa people.

  • Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 - Sunday, Sep 10, 2017
  • Location: 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton Art Institute, OH
  • Phone: (937) 223-4278
  • Time: Wed., Fri., & Sat. 11am-5pm, Thurs., 11am-8pm, Sun., 12pm-5pm
  • Price: Museum Members: Free Adults: $14 Seniors (60+): $11 Students (18+ w/ID): $11 Active Military: $11 Groups (10 or more): $11 Youth (ages 7-17): $6 Children (6 & under): Free
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
  • June 24, 2017 to September 11, 2017
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • Museum Members: Free Adults: $14 Seniors (60+): $11 Students (18+ w/ID): $11 Active Military: $11 Groups (10 or more): $11 Youth (ages 7-17): $6 Children (6 & under): Free
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday