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Ndebele Beaded Traditional Blanket South African Art

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Title Ndebele Beaded Traditional Blanket Nguba, Africa
Type of Object Textile, Blanket
Country of Origin South Africa
People Ndebele
Materials Wool, beade
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 69 inches x 61 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.
Damage/Repair Loose stitching, missing beads, loose strands and holes in beadwork

Additional Information: This is a super blanket with its traditional Beaded band from the Ndebele South Africa. This blanket is one of the objects that defines the Ndebele identity. In the past as well as in the recent years, Ndebele women have been seen wrapping such colorful blankets around the body. Known as Nguba, these blankets come in various styles and size. The present blanket belongs to the most popular style made out of the strips with basic bright colors such as the blue, red, yellow, green, brown, and orange, the same colors found in their painting or mural art, and in their beadwork. This blanket is decorated with two strips made of tiny glass beads sewn together which is an indication that the blanket belongs to an old style. This is a old example of its kind and would stand out in any collection of traditional textiles or garments.

Recommended Reading:

see Courtney-Clarke's NDEBELE

Rhoda Levinsohn. Art and Craft of Southern Africa. Delta Books, 1984

I have examined this piece and agree with the description, Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.