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Ndebele Beaded Apron For Second Wife South African Art

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Title Ndebele Beaded Apron For Second Wife South African
Type of Object Apron
Country of Origin South Africa
People Ndebele
Materials bead, cotton cloth, leather, cotton threads
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 24 inches Long x 21 inches Wide
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most ofour pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Loose and cut strands with a few missing bead, worn cotton cloth and leather

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.

I have examined this piece and agree with the description
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.