Xhosa Beaded Bracelet, South Africa
Additional Information: A fine Xhosa beaded bracelet with pink, blue, and black tinny beads sewn onto leather .
On this bracelet, Xhosa style is recognized by the use of navy bleu and pink beads. The traditional function of the beads in this culture goes behind the simple fact that they embellish the objects. In early times, beads were used as currencies and as valuable items for exchange and compensation. In Xhosa villages, today, beadworks continue to be seen as prestigious Objects. Xhosa beadworks testify to the great pride their makers took in producing objects of quality.
EZAKWANTU. Beadework from the Eastern Cape. 31 October 1993-29 May 1994. South African National Gallery