Monday, 15 September 2014

Zulu Tribe Women Clothing in South Africa

South Africa a women's clothing can incorporate beaded and woven skirts, blankets and cloaks with elaborate motifs. The colorful jewelry are made from metal including copper, grasses and beads.South African Tribes culture is incredibly interesting because it is so diverse. Every south African region is a mix of tribes each with their own unique language and culture, living and women clothing. The idea of South African zulu tribe clothing inspires images of rich colors and ceremonial dress but, the fact is, South African women clothing is as diverse as the African continent. South Africa’s ancient civilizations demonstrate the continent’s long history of creating women clothing for utilitarian as well as celebratory and symbolic purposes.    

Womens Clothing A single maiden will wear only a short grass skirt embellished perhaps with beads whilst an engaged girl will cover her breasts and allow her hair to grow. married woman covers her entire body to indicate that she is taken and wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been treated with charcoal and animal fat. Over this skirt may be another of cloth in white, red or black. Over her breasts, the woman wears a cover decorated with beads with a message understood only by her husband.The most impressive adornment is the hat which is constructed with grass and cotton that is sewn into the hair. These may measure as much as a meter across and last for a few months, whereupon the procedure is repeated.

Married Woman covers her body completely signalling to other men that she is taken. When a young girl gets married, she then has to wear certain coloured beads in her hair and around her skirt so that everyone in the village can see that she is married.

Unmarried Woman who are avaiable are proud of displaying their figure/body. They wear a short skirt made of grass or beaded cotton strings and puts on a lot of creative beads.Women Clothing for Zulu girls is mainly made of beadwork and is usually revealing.They also wear isidwaba, a pleated skirt made of cowhide and softened by hand. Younger women sometimes decorate their skirts with beads.

Engaged Woman will let her traditionally short hair grow. They cover their breast with a decorative cloth. This shows respect for her future husband and family. Allows people to know that she is spoken for.

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