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Zulu Beaded Anklet Orange White Blue Old South African Art

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Title Zulu Beaded Anklet Orange White Blue Old South African Art
Type of Object Beadwork, Anklet
Country of Origin South Africa 
People Zulu, Eshowe Oyaya clan  
Materials Glass beads, string
Approximate Age 1960s-1970s
Dimensions 10 inches L. x 4 inches H.
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair none


Additional Information:  A fine anklet decoration made out of tiny glass beads identified as a Zulu anklet known as Idavati (plural Amadavathi). The Zulu style is recognized by the use of bands of different colors of beads alternating with  white beads and by the technique used . Beaded anklets such as this are worn in pair. They are  mainly used by young bride during the wedding ceremony symbolizes her virgin status. The making of such anklets would have the same style with  the front apron (Isigege or Udidla) that the bride used to wear before she got involved with her future husband. 

In her book, Hlengiwe Dube uses the word Izinusha for leg decoration  and the term Amadavethi (or Amadavathi) for anklet decoration. She wrote: Together with izigqizo (the first leg decoration), the bride may wear a second below it, around the anklet. The word amadavathi comes from the word dava-dava meaning to walk slowly." ( Hlengiwe Dube, 2009, p. 72)

For more information and examples see Zulu Treasures Amagusu KaZulu, pp. 168-169

Hlengiwe Dube, ZULU BEADWORK.TALKING WITH BEADS, AfricaDirect, Inc., Denver, 2009

Jean Morris (text by Eleanor Preston-White), SPEAKING WITH BEADS. ZULU ARTS FROM SOUTHERN AFRICA.