Welcome Hand at the entrance
On the wind you can hear the whisper… ”Ngaphakathi!… Come in, you are welcome!” as you pass beneath the symbolic hand, inviting you to enter.
The circular arms of the porte-cochère gather you into the safety of the ‘kraal’, the spiritual place of a Xhosa village. The hint of palisade in the walls emulates the traditional fencing, keeping you safe.
Upright supports of porte-cochère
Pillars of strength, borrowed from the Leadwood tree, stand at the entrance supporting the roof. Chosen for their endurance, they stand unyielding, forever strong.
Thatch roof design
The iguana elbow design is a symbol of good fortune and wanders over the thatched roof and up the chimney, sitting still and quietly bestowing its benevolence on all who sleep beneath its roof.
Beadwork, the teller of stories and a proud expression of cultural values, proudly adorns the curtains, lampshades and decorative art pieces throughout the home, threaded and stitched with caring hands by the women from local communities.
She sits quietly amongst her younger peers, pulling on her pipe and gazing out from the canvas that brings her to life, her contemplative mood reflecting on all that she has witnessed. The pipe-smoking pastime is a luxury bestowed on only the senior women of the Xhosa people. And as we slip away from the authoritative aura, we see the playful art of children adorning the walls, paying homage to a revered 'father'.
Man leads the way
In Xhosa tradition the man always walks ahead. He leads the way, fulfilling his role as protector, ‘beating away the spiders to make the way safe’… “Ukugabula izigcawu.”