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Wire Art the Unique Gift Idea

Sep 4, 2008
Africa is well known for its fantastic works of art. The most appealing works of art at present are their incredible beadwork, which the Zulu Tribe has become most popular. Their technique in beadwork has been past down for hundreds of years, and they seemed to have mastered them all, this incredible art form would make a great unique gift for that special someone.

In Africa some of the ancient relics have been made using seeds, metal, stones and in some cases eggs. However modern times have these new artworks being made form glass beads.

First came the discovery of glass beads by the Egyptians, eventually trade routes were set up with the people of South Africa, trading was common, Ivory and and other valuables were traded for glass beads.

The South Afrcans began constructing objects using the glass beads with the help of wire. The designs they created were absolutley beautiful, the designs included cars, flowers, and almost any animal. The frame is made of a galvanised wire and then decorated with colored beads.

Due to the economic status of South Africa many families are very poor, therfore the families could not afford beads. The art of using wire first became apparent when they used the wire to make toys. But now the Aficans have catered for the many toursits that visit their country, you can find anything from saxaphones, to cars the cars even having moving sterring wheels. Working with with wire has become a zulu revolution.

In the past colored copper wire was used in the many creative designs. But alot of the designs today are made from steel wire. These designs can be anything from musical instruments, animal, bicycles. The designs can be found anywhere from studios to markets and road side stands. These brilliant sculptures would make the ideal gift.

Looking at this artwork will amaze you, once you see how much work and passion was put into each creation. Some trees are fashioned from wire, sticking into a piece of wood, and the leaves on the tree are twisted in such a way that they look real. You will also find such things as wire beaded bowl sets, bracelets, beautifully designed animals of every sort, you will also see motorcycles designed in many different colors. Colorful plates made from wire, and matching under plates can also be seen.

Many of the Zulu crafters and artists began selling their art in public markets instead of small roadside stands in order to bring in more customers; however, a great many wire artists realized the value of their work and began opening up art shops and elegant and sophisticated galleries to display many different types of art work.

If you are looking for a gift with a difference, wire art would make the perfect gift, whether they are car collectors, or motorbike enthusiasts or animal lovers, there is definatley something for everyoine in the wire art designs. The creative sculptures will definatley draw attention to any art collection.
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