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Ndebele Beaded Wedding Veil Rare South African Art OLD

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Title Ndebele Beaded Wedding Veil Rare South African Art OLD
Type of Object Wedding veil, glass trade beads
Country of Origin South Africa
People Ndebele
Materials beads
Approximate Age 20th Century
Height (in) 27 inches.
Width (in) 3 inches.
Dimensions Height: 27 inches. Inches
Width: 3 inches. Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Several tears, dirt, and missing beads. We suggest this piece be framed

Additional Information: Ndebele women call these "snakes" and they are worn as wedding veils, hanging from the back of the head or the back of the beaded blanket. These are woven without a loom, unlike the beadwork of Native Americans. 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. For similar examples and much more information, see Courtney-Clarke's NDEBELE.