Southern Africa || In the early 1970s Jean Broster and Alice Mertens collaborated on African Elegance, a book which set out to ‘describe in photographs and words the beauty of the tribal people of the...

Xhosa woman of marriageable age. Image included in the publication "African Elegance" by Alice Mertens & Joan Broster. Published by Purnell in

Africa | Image taken from the publication "Red Blanket Valley" by Joan Broster. Published 1967 || Red Blanket Valley is an eye-witness account of life on an isolated trading station in the Transkei, where for 14 years Joan Broster lived with her husband. Mention is made of the Amaqwathi, Baca, Basuto, Bomvana, Fingo, Gcaleka, Hlangwini, Hlubi, Pondo, Pondomise, Tembu and the Xesibe. It also offers a great introduction to the Xhosa and their beadwork.

Thembu couple and child wearing complete beadwork outfits. Image taken from the publication "Red Blanket Valley" by Joan Broster.

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Image included in the publication "African Elegance" by Alice Mertens & Joan Broster. Published by Purnell in

Africa | Wedding Ensemble. Thembu culture ~ Eastern Cape, South Africa.  1950s…

Thembu Eastern Cape, South Africa, Wedding Ensemble for a Bride (Umtshakazi)

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