- Ncengekile dresses young girls going through the umemulo ceremony
- She also makes beads for women to wear on their wedding day
- She's proud to help keep Zulu tradition alive
A 30-year-old woman from KwaMajozi, KwaZulu-Natal, is proud to help keep Zulu tradition alive through her beautiful beadwork.
Ncengekile Mhlongo makes beads for young girls going through the umemulo ceremony, Briefly.co.za learned. The traditional ceremony marks the girls' transition to womanhood.
According to Daily Sun, Mhlongo also makes beads and attire for women to wear on their wedding day.
This is my tradition. I grew up dressing in beads as a little girl and I also followed the same route of umemulo.
She has been making beads since 2013 and is based in Jeppestown, Gauteng. Her clients are mostly drawn from Pretoria, Johannesburg, and KZN.
Although the young entrepreneur earns a living from her beadwork, she said maintaining her culture is her primary motivation:
The most important thing is to make ceremonies beautiful and successful with full traditional Zulu attire.
Mhlongo urged young women to take up entrepreneurship, especially in fields they are passionate about.
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