Figure of a married Ndebele woman.
The rings worn around the neck called idzilo or idzila; the quantity of which denoted the wealth of the husband. The copper and brass rings also found around the arms and legs, symbolising a wife’s bond and faithfulness to her husband, once her home was built. The idzila would be worn until the death of the husband. In recent times, it is not common practice to wear the rings permanently.
As a sign of respect for the husband, the wife would also wear a head covering, either a simple beaded headband, knitted cap or elaborate beaded headdress called an amacubi. The signature blanket, called the Nguba also an item worn by a married Ndebele woman.
Wild Wonderings by Tim Boelaars.
Sales of this print benefit Plant With Purpose. In Tim’s own words, here’s why he chose that organization.
“For Help Ink I designed a poster for Plant With Purpose because I really liked their cause. I grew up in a house that was surrounded by a forest. I loved to play outside, build treehouses and get crazy. To me it was mostly fun, but trees are essential to human life, especially in areas where poverty is caused by deforestation. Plants With Purpose tries to turn that around by planting new trees and creating new opportunities. I wanted to help them just a little bit to continue doing such profound and great work.”
Model Bonang Matheba (South Africa)
Stray Sheep by Gattuso
Panda by Gattuso
We love the message of this weeks print by Ryan Brinkerhoff. Let’s all remember to encourage each other, as we’re all in this together.
Sale benefit People of the Second Chance.
Poster - http://helpink.org/product/encourage
Plywerk - http://helpink.org/product/encourage-mounted
The beauty of the ‘Gele’ photographed by #Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere
The Yoruba are one of the largest ethno-linguistic or ethnic groups in West Africa. The majority of the Yoruba speak the Yoruba language and are found in Nigeria, constituting approximately 21 percent of its total population, and around 30 million individuals throughout West Africa.
The traditional Yoruba women’s outfit consists of four parts: the buba (a blouse like shirt), the iro (wrap skirt), the gele (head tie/wrap), and the ipele or iborun (shawl or shoulder sash). Aso oke is a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba people and it is traditionally used to make the ensemble, although in more recent times organza, taffeta, damask and laces have been used. Stiff fabrics are preferred, at least for the gele, so that it holds it shape throughout the day.
The gele is wrapped around the head but unlike most head wraps that lie flat on contour of the head, the gele is manipulated to stand away from the head, creating an enormous headpiece.
Over time and with more wealth becoming available to the commoners (versus the royalty), the size and quality of workmanship and fabrication in the gele became to be a potent symbol of a woman’s socio-economic status.
These four handsome gentlemen are here to help bring smiles to children via Smile Train. Thanks to Nate Utesch for bringing these guys to life.
The Safe Motherhood Malawi project was developed for Malawian mothers, educating midwives to train community-based health workers to improve midwifery knowledge and care.
Captured by Paolo Patruno, a photographer focused on humanitarian issues and social documentary while working with Non-Profit Organization. Patruno documents the lives of these women and their newborn children.