Zulu Beaded Married Woman's Back Apron
Additional Information: Utete, an apron made out of cotton and decorated with beads in a combination of gree, orange, white and blue colors. Such apron is worn by married women at the back over the leather skirt called isidwaba. The colours are the very special coulors from the Maphumulo area.
A similar piece is published in Hlengiwe Dube, Zulu Beadwork Talk with Beads, AfricaDirect Inc., 2009, p. 71
Hlengiwe wrote (p. 71): " The back apron-Itete.This is worn by married women as a back apron on top of leather skirt. Itete comes from the word teta (Ukubeletha) meaning to give birth. As she is married she will have more children. "
Hlengiwe Dube, Zulu Beadwork Talk with Beads, AfricaDirect Inc., 2009, 112 p.
See South Africa Tribal Life Today by Morris and Levitas, plate 59 and Speaking with Beads by Morris, page 46.
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Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.