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Ndebele Beaded Wedding Apron Older South African Art

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Title Ndebele Beaded Wedding Apron Older South African
Type of Object Apron
Country of Origin South Africa
People Ndebele
Materials Leather, glass beads
Approximate Age Probably c. 1960-1970
Dimensions 15 inches wide, 20 inches long
Overall Condition Good

Additional Information: A wonderful example of Ndebele old aprons!

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. This is a married woman's apron, distinguished by the strings of leather ending in beadwork in the bottom center. 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.
I have examined this piee and agree with the description
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD