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Xhosa beadwork and costume

From the Eastern Cape in South Africa

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Africa | A month of circumcision, completely healed they dress for dancing (Nchilo) dressed in palm leaf shirts, head and face gear. 'Abakwetha' ~ the circumcision. ceremony of Xhosa, Eastern Cape, South Africa | ©Lister Hunter, ca. 1960s | This is just 1 out of 50 images presenting the whole story of the Abakwetha ~ for those interested the other slides can be viewed by following the link of this pin. {Caution; some graphic content}

Nelson Mandela, wearing traditional Xhosa dress, attends the wedding of his great grand nephew on December 7, 2002 in Umtata, Eastern Cape P...

Inlayed Xhosa Pipe ex Trevor Barton Collection. This pipe is carved extremely thin and may well date to the 19th century. Our view is that its decoration might represent marriage beadwork once worn on the owners head. Two sets of inlay appearing like 'three fingers' are found on either side of the upper pipe bowl - connecting to a solid band.

One of the most famous Xhosa beaded collars is that worn by the Xhosa speaking former South African president Nelson Mandela at his trial in the early 1960s. In a statement of defiance and pride for his royal Xhosa ancestry he wore traditional Xhosa dress suitable for his royal lineage that included a collar of Xhosa beads which you can see in the photo

Africa | An old bridal beaded collar from the Xhosa people of South Africa | Glass beads and fiber | ca. 1970s

Africa | Image taken from the publication "Red Blanket Valley" by Joan Broster. Published 1967 || Red Blanket Valley is an eye-witness account of life on an isolated trading station in the Transkei, where for 14 years Joan Broster lived with her husband. Mention is made of the Amaqwathi, Baca, Basuto, Bomvana, Fingo, Gcaleka, Hlangwini, Hlubi, Pondo, Pondomise, Tembu and the Xesibe. It also offers a great introduction to the Xhosa and their beadwork.

Skirt (Isikhakha or Umbhaco), 20th century, South Africa Culture: Xhosa or Mfengu peoples, Cotton, wool, glass beads, shell buttons, ochre pigment Beadwork has been a major form of aesthetic expression in southern Africa for nearly 200 years. Among the many diverse ethnic groups of the region, the Xhosa peoples have an especially rich tradition of beaded regalia. This elegant textile skirt, also known as an isikhakha or imibhaco, is one example of the incorporation of beadwork into garments. ...

Africa | Beaded anklet from the Xhosa peoples of South Africa | Glass beads, buttons and fiber | ca. 1960s/70s.

African Elegance by Alice Mertens and Joan Broster records the costumes, beadwork and customs of Xhosa tribal life in the Transkei region | This photo is image number 110

African Elegance by Alice Mertens and Joan Broster records the costumes, beadwork and customs of Xhosa tribal life in the Transkei region | This photo is image number 110

African Elegance by Alice Mertens and Joan Broster records the costumes, beadwork and customs of Xhosa tribal life in the Transkei region | This photo is image number 80