Additional Information: A stunning Beaded Apron from the Ndebele people, This particular apron was made for a married woman, especially a second wife, Second wife's apron is distinguished by the two short strings of leather hanging in each ends. These two "fingers" mean that the second wife was accepted by the first lady and she has her blessing!
The Ndebele of South Africa are superb bead workers. The women used to wear brass rings around their neck and legs. A few still do, but most now have gold plastic replicas with Velcro, worn on ceremonial occasions. They wear aprons which are heavily beaded with glass beads, in geometric designs similar to those used to paint their houses. They wear beaded blankets like large shawls, and beadwork on their arms, ankles, and heads., and an apron similar to this one..
For similar examples and much more information, see Courtney-Clarke's NDEBELE.
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Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.