1xbet
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com

1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com

1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
1xbet-1xir.com
betforward
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co

betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co

betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
betforward.com.co
yasbetir1.xyz
winbet-bet.com
1kickbet1.com
1xbet-ir1.xyz
hattrickbet1.com
4shart.com
manotobet.net







betfa.cam
2betboro.com
1xbete.org
1xbett.bet
romabet.cam
megapari.cam
mahbet.cam


betwiner.org
1xbetgiris.cam

1xbet



alvinbet.site
alvinbet.bet
alvinbet.help
1xbet giris
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam

1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam

1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
1xbetgiris.cam
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co

pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co

pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
pinbahis.com.co
betwinner
betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org

betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org

betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org
betwiner.org
1xbet
1xbete.org
1xbete.org
1xbete.org

1xbete.org
1xbete.org
1xbete.org
1xbete.org

1xbete.org
1xbete.org
1xbete.org
1xbete.org
1xbete.org
1xbete.org
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward

yasbet
yasbet
yasbet

yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet

betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
betforward
yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
yasbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet
1xbet

1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com

1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
1betcart.com
betcart
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی

بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی
بهترین سایت شرط بندی ایرانی

Monday, July 15, 2024
spot_img
HomeArt & DesignGreat Zimbabwe: Of Design and Patterns

Great Zimbabwe: Of Design and Patterns

Well known as the default Zimbabwe pattern, when ever you are asked to put an ethnic/African touch to a design the Chevron pattern will most likely come up in the conversation. It was a dedication to the Kings wives who stayed at the great enclosure It represented fertility in women.

A detail of the Chevron Pattern at Great Zimbabwe ©Baynham Goredema

Only one of the Great Zimbabwe birds, which was found at the Great Enclosure, had the Chevron Pattern. Fertility was a status symbol, having a number of children was prestigious.

East facing Wall of the Great Enclosure

The chevron Pattern is only found on the exterior of the east facing wall of the great Enclosure and you can easily miss this if you are not aware of this fact.

Naletale Ruins showing the different patterns ©Atum Rising

Dentele Pattern
Depicts the succession of Kings one after the other.

Herring Bone Pattern
Represented the idea that the king was the back bone of the society.

Chess Board Pattern
Symbolised interdependence between members of this same society.
Of these patterns only the Chevron was found at Great Zimbabwe, the rest are found at Naletale. It seems all these patterns were never just for aesthetics but were functional in stating facts and telling stories.

Khami ruins – © Paul Hubbard

Naletele


Naletale ruins are found between Bulawayo and Gweru. They are the most exquisitely decorated. A recent article acknowledging the importance of these ruins. It also states that Naletale was placed on UNESCO’s 2012 World’s Monument Watch list. The style is much more refined as there were built later, the craftsmen had perfected their art the most basic styles of decoration are found on the Hill complex. Nalatale is not even marketed as a destination and many Zimbabweans are not even aware of these ruins.

Other ruins in Zimbabwe include Khami ruins in Bulawayo, Dhlo Dhlo near Bulawayo and Zuva Ruins in Nyanga.

Directional Signage at Great Zimbabwe

Interpretive Signage

The signage at Great Zimbabwe was an improvement since I last came. The signage was mainly directional, but as is the case with many parks in Zimbabwe, they need to adopt interpretive signage at specific points around the park. I guess the reason parks in Zimbabwe would not adopt the idea of interpretive signage is because they feel it will nullify the guided tour aspect. I feel there is room for both to co exist.

Welcome to Great Zimbabwe

The Entrance to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins leaves a lot to be desired for such a prominent heritage site. But this points to the value Zimbabwe places on monuments and art. I saw the same sense of neglect and disinterest at Birchenough Bridge.

Map of Great Zimbabwe

There was also a big map at the main info section. Through interpretive signage more detailed maps of each section would be helpful at each site eg, the Great Enclosure, The Hill complex.

Baynham Goredema
Baynham Goredemahttps://baynhamgoredema.com
Father | Graphic Designer | Print Maker | Social Commentator
RELATED ARTICLES

18 COMMENTS

  1. nice article, having more signs at the site sounds like a great idea that someone needs to champion (i doubt the responsible people are going to do this). I also did not know about the Naletale ruins

      • where they are serious about anything really, i think we (common folk) should take the initiative. some designers could take this up and someone looking for some attention could sponsor the venture. plenty of ideas out there but they are never realised bcz we fail to take the initiative

  2. nice article, having more signs at the site sounds like a great idea that someone needs to champion (i doubt the responsible people are going to do this). I also did not know about the Naletale ruins

      • where they are serious about anything really, i think we (common folk) should take the initiative. some designers could take this up and someone looking for some attention could sponsor the venture. plenty of ideas out there but they are never realised bcz we fail to take the initiative

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -
Google search engine

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Gibson Mandikuwaza on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Munashe Cam-litl Chikuni on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Thandolwenkosi Mdlongwa on All that glitters is not Gold
Thandolwenkosi Mdlongwa on Do stereotypes exist?
Pwazi via Govhingo on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Pwazi via Govhingo on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Pwazi via Govhingo on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Asslly Mafaune on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Enock Kepekepe on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
bayhaus on The Value of a Wife
bayhaus on The Value of a Wife
Pandave on The Value of a Wife
bayhaus on Mother and child
Ntombi Kanyoka on Mother and child
Pandave on The Value of a Wife
bayhaus on Mother and child
rodrick on What is prayer?
rodrick on What is prayer?
Ntombi Kanyoka on Mother and child
Omolayo Nkem on How NOT to cause Offense
Omolayo Nkem on How NOT to cause Offense
Emmanuel Mujuru on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Weshambo Mudzu on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Weshambo Mudzu on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Manyara Manyara on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Manyara Manyara on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
why so certain on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
why so certain on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Mudhara Pfende on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Mudhara Pfende on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
bayhaus on Mother and child
bayhaus on Mother and child
Ntombi Kanyoka on Mother and child
Ntombi Kanyoka on Mother and child
Mr.Sunningdale(Kong Town) on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
Mr.Sunningdale(Kong Town) on Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe
DrThinkingAloud on A Musical Journey
DrThinkingAloud on A Musical Journey
bayhaus on The Value of a Wife
bayhaus on The Value of a Wife
Pandave on The Value of a Wife
Pandave on The Value of a Wife
rodrick on What is prayer?
rodrick on What is prayer?