Country: South Africa Tribe: Zulu 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.
Postive Meanings WhitePurity, virginity, faithfulness and true love BlackMarriage, regeneration. RedIntense love Blue Fidelity Green Contentment Yellow Wealth and fertility
Negative Meanings Black Sorrow, despair and death Red Anger and heartache Blue Loneliness Green Love sick Yellow Jealousy