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Xhosa Cotton Beaded Bag South African Art

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Type of Object Women’s bag
Country of Origin South Africa
People Xhosa
Materials Cotton Cloth , beads, mother of buttons
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 18" Long ; 28" long with Strap; 11" Wide
Overall Condition Fair to poor
Damage/Repair strap worn, fraying, cut or broken strands with missing beads


Xhosa Cotton Beaded Bag, South Africa, African



Additional information: In no other part of sub-Saharan Africa have artists produced a more highly diversified assortment of artistic beadwork than in the southern region. All the major ethnic groups of South Africa have a very long tradition of beadworks. They show a high degree of professionalism in decorative art using beads as the central medium. This bag is from the Xhosa speaking people of the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, On this bag, Xhosa style is recognized by the use of navy bleu beads and mother of pearl buttons. 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.


See Photographs of similar bags in Vanishing Cultures of South Africa by Magubane and Ezakwatu.
For more Xhosa bags see also EZAKWANTU. Beadework from the Eastern Cape. 31 October 1993-29 May 1994. South African National Gallery, pp.15, 34, 105