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
The photo shoot “The Head Dress” by South African photographer Lauren Fletcher is just that – stunning! Model Aphelele-Mbiyo looks so regal on these pictures. I read on Lauren’s website that the inspiration for this shoot was “Clan” and she decided to give this concept an African twist. All the different mixes of fabrics and... [ Read more ]
Image included in the publication "African Elegance" by Alice Mertens & Joan Broster. Published by Purnell in || Focus on the Transkei Xhosa-speaking groups, the Gcaleka, Tembu, Pondo, Bomvana, Mpondomise, Bhaca, Xesibe and Fingo.