"Bafana Bafana" Platter

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When Bheki Dlamini (1957-2003) first began weaving telephone wire in 1987, he used traditional Zulu patterning. He soon began to weave stories and landscapes into his work and was one of the first to regularly incorporate words into his wirework. This piece depicts the South African soccer team known locally as “Bafana Bafana,” a phrase meaning “our boys, our boys.”

By Bheki Dlamini


Collection: Michigan State University Museum

Used by permission.

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