Zulu Beaded Anklet Decoration South Africa
Additional Information: A Zulu anklet decoration with beads sewn onto a cotton cloth. Beaded anklets such as this are worn in pair. They are mainly used by both men and women during special ceremonies and they are symbols of owner'status.
In her book, Hlengiwe Dube uses the word Izinusha for leg decoration and the term Amadavethi (or Amadavathi) for anklet decoration. She wrote: Together with izigqizo (the first leg decoration), the bride may wear a second below it, around the anklet. The word amadavathi comes from the word dava-dava meaning to walk slowly." ( Hlengiwe Dube, 2009, p. 72)
For more information and examples see Zulu Treasures Amagusu KaZulu, pp. 168-169
Hlengiwe Dube, ZULU BEADWORK.TALKING WITH BEADS, AfricaDirect, Inc., Denver, 2009
Jean Morris (text by Eleanor Preston-White), SPEAKING WITH BEADS. ZULU ARTS FROM SOUTHERN AFRICA.