This magnificent Beaded Belt is worn by the Xhosa Men of South Africa. The Xhosa speaking people of the Eastern Cape (South Africa) are currently the second largest language group in South Africa and their bead-work survives today despite past attempts by some missionaries to stop it and shifting traditions within the Xhosa culture in current times. Traditionally, in Xhosa culture a person’s social status and identity could be read through their bead work. Social meanings were created through the use of patterns and colors to mark a person’s age, gender, marital status, social role and social rank. In the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Xhosa women have traditionally been producers of mostly traditional and ritual bead work. This belt is old and beautiful in traditional design and workmanship. It can be worn today with just a pair of jeans. This would be a wonderful part of Xhosa Culture.
37" long x 2" wide
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