This is a larger than usual love letter. Not having a written language, the Zulu developed a form of symbolism in their beadwork. The colors as
well as color combinations and patterns, particularly in adornments
which were made as love tokens, all have meaning such as this
Umgexo given by a girl to her fianceŽ.
WHITE: "My heart is clear & pure and waiting for you."
RED: "My heart is bleeding for you."
GREEN: "I am thin as a blade of grass pining for you"
YELLOW: "I am jealous but I still love you."
PINK: "You have wasted your money & have no cows to pay
for my lobola & I don't love you.
Mounted, it measures 9" height x 7 1/2" width x 1" depth