Additional Information: This is a super blanket with its traditional Beaded band from the Ndebele South Africa. This blanket is one of the objects that defines the Ndebele identity. In the past as well as in the recent years, Ndebele women have been seen wrapping such colorful blankets around the body. Known as Nguba or Irari, these blankets come in various styles and size. The present blanket belongs to the most popular style made out of the strips with basic bright colors such as the blue, red, pink, green, mauve, black, yellow, orange, the same colors found in their painting or mural art, and in their beadwork. This blanket is decorated with two strips made of tiny glass beads sewn together which is an indication that the blanket belongs to an old style. This is an old example of its kind and would stand out in any collection of traditional textiles or garments.
For similar examples see:
Rhoda Levinsohn. Art and Craft of Southern Africa. Delta Books, 1984
I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.