Ndebele Beaded African Apron - SOUTH AFRICA

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Seller: ibejisold ✉️ (1,841) 100%, Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 155108017492 Ndebele Beaded African Apron - SOUTH AFRICA. Ndebele Beaded Apron - South Africa This is a superb and old piece, in verygood condition and showing clear evidence of wear. This beaded rectangular apron is a work fromthe Ndebele. Aprons such as this are known as Pepetu. They are worn by youngunmarried women. Wearing the pepetu apron means the young woman is ready to bemarried. She would wear such apron until her wedding day. On the wedding dayshe would wear a wedding apron Jojolo. After the wedding she will change theJocolo apron and will wear a new beaded apron called mapoto until she will bearher first child. The Ndebele of South Africa are superbbeadworkers. Their beadworks are remarkable for their variety, their brightcolors, and their intricate designs. Beadwork has become a cultural icon of theNdebele. Beadwork, as well as mural art is important aspects of the Ndebele andSouth Africans peoples. They have a social meaning and are part of importantceremonies and their decorative aspects bring color and outstanding ornamentsto their environment. Beadworks are considered as signs of status, wealth, andbeauty. These artistic activities are devoted to women. Also, women,especially, are the most active users of beadworks. Young girls as well aslittle children also wear beadworks. Men also use beaded jewelry, beadedlioncloth, and ceremonial accessories. In special events both men and womenwould wear garments made out of beads. A complete Ndebele woman's attire wouldinclude beaded or metal jewelry such as brass rings around their neck and legs,wonderful headdresses of different medium, and aprons like this, which are wornto "beautify" the wearers, to show their status and to providerespect and dignity to the wearers and emphasize the ritual side of eachimportant event. Today, a few women still wear metal jewelry, but most now havegold plastic replicas with Velcro, worn on ceremonial occasions. Ndebelemarried women still wear beaded blankets like large shawls, and beadwork ontheir arms, ankles, and heads. They still wear aprons like this heavily beadedwith glass beads and decorated with geometric designs similar to those used onthe painted facade of their houses. This fine example measures 14“ by 18“. Condition: Excellent Used Condition

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