MaXhosa collections of South African knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo. His line was designed as a knitwear solution to Xhosa initiation rights, that includes a tradition of dressing up in "new dignified formal clothing for six months after initiation.
Africa - Masai beads - Kind of look like Native American Indian jewelry, huh? -- [My comment: Addt'l research: Sep 23, 2010 – Women from Kenya's Maasai ethnic group try to transform their traditional beading, targeting the high fashion markets of the west ..." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11392354) ]
The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best known for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa live far from the modern world, deep in the Transkei region on the country’s Eastern Cape. This picture captures the most important adventure in these boys’ lives – their initiation into manhood, which involves five weeks of isolation