Country: South Africa
Material: Beaded necklace and clasp
Length: Approx. 9 in.
Width: Approx. 7 in.
Circumference: Approx. 20.5-22.5 inches
Weight: Approx. 5.5 oz
This necklace is a contemporary take on Zulu love letters or what in Zulu is called Incwadi (pronounced “I-en-che-wadi”). Traditionally, the love letters are small sized squares of beads which convey either positive or negative emotions from a woman to a man. Like other Zulu pieces each color bead used means something different.
White Purity, virginity, faithfulness and true love
Black Marriage, regeneration.
Red Intense love
Yellow Wealth and fertility
Black Sorrow, despair and death
Red Anger and heartache
Green Love sick