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Child apron, Ndebele, South Africa | This very fine fringed iGabe or "ghabi" apron is worn by young girls to puberty. It's made of a strip of beadwork on hide from which many hand twisted strings dangle to form a modesty screen. Each string is weighted with glass beads to make sure the iGabe does its job | tribalartfinder.com

The Ndebele are one of the smallest tribes in South Africa, but are known worldwide for their geometri.

Xhosa necklet with fringe from the Mpondomise tribe. Collected in 1933, Eastern Cape, South Africa. British Museum collection.

Xhosa necklet with fringe from the Mpondomise tribe. Collected in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Fringed modesty apron, or inkciyo worn by women, from the Mpondomise tribe, 1930's, South Africa. British museum collection.

Fringed modesty apron, or inkciyo worn by women, from the Mpondomise tribe, South Africa.

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The keeper survives . The one on the left, in typical Thembu colours, features an ornate double loop fringe popular in the while the example on the right has a very untraditional red neckband and fringe

Africa | A Xhosa betrothed girl’s fringed necklace proclaiming her virginity | An elegant plain white fringed necklace, the only decoration being the four black diamonds at the centre. The typical significance of this pattern is that her bride price is four head of cattle and that she is still a virgin, as the centres of the diamond shapes are solid white.

Africa | A Xhosa betrothed girl’s fringed necklace proclaiming her virginity | An elegant plain white fringed necklace, the only decoration being the four black diamonds at the centre. The typical significance of this pattern is that her bride price is four head of cattle and that she is still a virgin, as the centres of the diamond shapes are solid white.

Xhosa Idiliza Lomqala Fringed Beaded Collar

Xhosa Idiliza Lomqala Fringed Beaded Collar

Blanket pin (shoulder, with fringe) made of beads (glass), thread (fibre), safety-pin (iron).

Beaded blanket pin from the Mpondomise tribe of the Xhosa nation, Tsolo district, South Africa.

Xhosa Beaded Apron on OneKingsLane.com

A beaded apron made out of glass seed beads in white, blue, black and beautifully ending with a fringe of red cotton threads. Apron comes from the Xhosa or.

Xhosa Ingcawe Blanket. This dazzlingly bright white blanket with a striking black stripe (top and bottom) has fringed edges and is used to mark significant traditional occasions in the Xhosa culture.

This dazzlingly bright white blanket with a striking black stripe (top and bottom) has fringed edges and is used to mark significant traditional occasions in the Xhosa culture.

Unidentified Xhosa artist. Waistband with Fringe, late 19th or early 20th century. Glass seed beads, seeds, sinew, 16 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (42.5 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. George Hadden, 52.80.2.

Unidentified Xhosa artist. Waistband with Fringe, late 19th or early 20th century. Glass seed beads, seeds, sinew, 16 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (42.5 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. George Hadden, 52.80.2.

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