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Ndebele Beaded Back Leather Apron South African Art

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Title Ndebele Beaded Back Leather Apron South African Art
Type of Object Beadwork
Country of Origin South Africa
People Ndebele
Materials Leather, beads
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 18 Inches
Width: 29 Inches
Width is 29 inches.Length is 18 inches.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our 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.

Additional Information: This apron was worn on the back with either a married woman's apron or a wedding apron. The Ndebele of South Africa are superb beadworkers. 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.

Recommended Reading:

For similar examples and much more information, see Courtney-Clarke's NDEBELE.

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD