Venda : Custom styled African
clothing, rituals and myths are part of the lives of this tribe. The
Venda people from the Northern Province in South Africa have close ties
with the Shona people who built the great stone structures of Zimbabwe.
Both these tribes wear similar traditional African clothing.
1 represent a Muwhira a rain dancer who has the ability to bring
rain. His clothing is typical of rain dancers and and is made of
fibers and grasses. The helmet mask contains feathers. The arm and
leg bands are made of the same materials.
- Figure 2 A drummer of the domba
school beats (on a djembe) the
rhythm for the snake dance, performed by girl initiates. Her dress
consist of a loin cloth beaded necklace leg and armbands.
- A young female graduate of the domba
school is dressed in new clothing and ornaments including a feather
as a sign of maturity. Her outfit comprises loin cloth, traditional
skins and tassels, necklace, with
a numerous arm and leg bands.
- A young mother has tied a thong
around her waist as a mystic bond with her baby to prevent it crying
while she is away working out in the fields.
Basotho: Winters in Lesotho are
bitterly cold, consequently blankets play an important part in the
national dress. They are brightly colored and patterned, and often carry
motifs to commemorate important national events.
1: A young Basotho girl wears a fiber skirt and a blanket with
motifs. A small hand carved wooden doll is tucked in under the
blanket on her back.
- Figure 2: Over her full length
skirt, a mature woman wears a blanket with a motif loosely based on
the outline of a traditional Basotho shield.
- The young mans blanket depicts
crocodiles, totem animal of the ruling Kwena tribe. The flames of
freedom represents independence and freedom. He also wears a traditional
- A graduate from the initiation
school wears a bright loin cloth. and a blanket along with a fiber
hat. Great secrecy surrounds the initiation of young Basotho
Traditional Swazi clothing: The Swazi
along with many African tribes favors bright clothing with bold designs.
young Swazi warrior wears the traditional skins (lijobo) over his
knee length loin cloth (lihiya). As well as spear, shield with
tassels, fighting stick (knobbed stick). along with the traditional
neck, arm and leg bands.
- The built up and ochre styled hair
of this woman's hair marks her as a married woman. She wears a long
skirt made from natural fibers. Unmarried young women and girls
frequently wear their hair loose i.e. without hair covering.
- Tassels and streamers form part of
the costume of a Swazi girl dresses for an initiation dance
celebration. She carries a switch and ornamental shield along with traditional
head gear, jewelry loin cloth and tassels.