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.
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.