Tribal costumes - Ndbele, Zulu,
Venda, Xhosa, Basotho, and Swazi people.
In Africa a women's clothing can
incorporate beaded and woven skirts, blankets and cloaks with elaborate
motifs. The colorful jewelry are made
from metal including copper, grasses and beads
The Ndebele of the southern part of the
Gauteng Povince in South Africa are renowned for their colorful
traditional clothing and artistic beadwork.
passing through an initiation school the unmarried Ndebele girl dons
the ceremonial clothing of the newly -admitted adult (1st image to
the left). The outfit consist of a skirt, with beaded apron, a
beaded bodice that covers the breasts, a necklace or two, earrings,
neck band with multiple arm and leg bands. The outfit is a typical example of the bright colored clothing and beads that make
up traditional outfits.
A girl just entering her teens
dressed in traditional clothing (above center) The outfit consists
of a beaded bodice and characteristic double-layered cloth skirt
with the neck, head, with multiple leg and armbands. This type of
clothing is normally worn on special occasions like weddings or
Image 3. A young married woman with a
colorful beaded cloak is dressed for a dancing ceremony. (See image
above left) The design of the beaded staff is typical of the Ndbele
people. In Africa a woman's clothing indicate whether she is
married. In many parts of Africa only the married woman may wear a
The Zulu people the most prominent
tribe in South Africa
chief wears a leopard skin and bright colored feathers of the bishop
bird adorn his headdress. The shield and spear is for protection and
is part of the traditional gear worn by the chief.
Image 2 The heard boy's
traditional everyday work clothing consist of a loin cloth and skin to
cover his rear, brightened by bearded hoops and necklaces.
Image 3. Dancing costume of a young Zulu
maiden. The entire outfit is made of beads. This costume is worn
during festivals or dancing ceremonies.
Image 4. Zulu diviner wears special clothing
designed to please the snake. The Zulu takes its name after from
their chief Shaka Zulu who founded the royal line in the 16th
century. The complicated Zulu etiquette was refined during his
reign. You can view our catalog of
Zulu Hats here
or African hat
is extremely popular amongst djembe players
African Clothing - Xhosa tribal South
and Western Cape.
young maiden draped with a blanket of a favorite ochre color, and a
elaborately beaded gorget. Her armbands are of copper and, weaved
grasses and beads.
Image 2. A tribal elder warmly wrapped in his
blanket daubed his face with white clay. The Xhosa use clay for many
Image 3. This married woman wears a typical
wrap skirt and cloak. The beaded bag is for her smoking accessories.
Only married women are permitted to smoke.