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Xhosa Beaded Bracelet Raffia South African Art

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Title Xhosa Beaded Bracelet Raffia South African Art
Type of Object Xhosa bracelet beaded
Country of Origin South Africa
People Xhosa
Materials raffia cloth, beads, strings
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Width: 1 Inch
12.5 inches long
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair one button missing, loose threads. bracelet does not close


Additional Information: A beautiful beaded bracelet from the Xhosa, made out of raffia cloth decorated with beads sewn onto.


On this bracelet, Xhosa style is recognized by the use of navy bleu 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.


Recommended Reading: 


EZAKWANTU. Beadework from the Eastern Cape. 31 October 1993-29 May 1994. South African National Gallery