This young one was walking about at Lesedi Village near Johannesburg, South Africa. - Susan Colvin Brewer

This young one was walking about at Lesedi Village near Johannesburg, South Africa. - Susan Colvin Brewer

Africa | Xhosa woman with infant and smoking traditional pipe.  South Africa | Date and photographer unknown.

Africa | Xhosa woman with infant and smoking traditional pipe. South Africa | Date and photographer unknown.

Zulu King in ceremonial dress welcoming visitors to his village in Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa

Zulu King in ceremonial dress welcoming visitors to his village in Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa

Africa | umkhosi womhlanga, Zulu reed dance in Enyokeni palace, South Africa | © Geert Henau

Africa | umkhosi womhlanga, Zulu reed dance in Enyokeni palace, South Africa | © Geert Henau

This photograph shows a rear view of two Xhosa men dressed for a tribal dance. Their bead-work is also very elaborate and plentiful, but much more restrained, especially in colour, and they wear the straight cotton cloth kilt of an adult man decorated with black braid appliques. Adult female dress is very similar, but married women wear a very full cotton skirt which is cut on the bias, and cover their breasts with a cloth apron tied around the neck.

This photograph shows a rear view of two Xhosa men dressed for a tribal dance. Their bead-work is also very elaborate and plentiful, but much more restrained, especially in colour, and they wear the straight cotton cloth kilt of an adult man decorated with black braid appliques. Adult female dress is very similar, but married women wear a very full cotton skirt which is cut on the bias, and cover their breasts with a cloth apron tied around the neck.

Ek onthou die tog vroue wat riet gekap het in Empangeni, wat ook so flink kon  opskop en sing en dans...  South Africa, Zulu

Ek onthou die tog vroue wat riet gekap het in Empangeni, wat ook so flink kon opskop en sing en dans... South Africa, Zulu

Africa | Ndebele women traditionally adorned themselves with a variety of ornaments, each symbolising her status in society. After marriage, dresses became increasingly elaborate and spectacular. In earlier times, the Ndebele wife would wear copper and brass rings around her arms, legs and neck, symbolising her bond and faithfulness to her husband, once her home was built.  South Africa | ©Image and caption My Planet Experience

Africa | Ndebele women traditionally adorned themselves with a variety of ornaments, each symbolising her status in society. After marriage, dresses became increasingly elaborate and spectacular. In earlier times, the Ndebele wife would wear copper and brass rings around her arms, legs and neck, symbolising her bond and faithfulness to her husband, once her home was built. South Africa | ©Image and caption My Planet Experience

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