This is a lovely old Cache-Sex Apron from the Zulu Tribe of South Africa. Traditional African clothing starts with the minimum required to fulfill norms of modesty. The attire of young females is the beaded cache-sexe, the small apron-like garment that covers a woman’s pubic region. Young girls add beads to a single strand of beads they received as infants to create beaded belts with a panel or long fringe skirt. Generally, the longer the panel or skirt, the older the girl is who wore it. In the Zulu tribe bead work communicates between unrelated males and females, avoiding the discomfort of direct contact on the sensitive subject of personal relations. Bead work flows from females, the designers and manufactures, to males, their traditional clients. Men wear bead work to show involvement with women they may marry, incestuous implications preclude beaded gifts from mothers, sisters and daughters. Bead work symbolism is encoded within a limited number of colors and geometric figures. Color symbols have alternative values but those assigned to geometric figures are constant. Values assigned to colors are in groups of positive and negative alternatives, excepting white, which has no negative connotation. Symbolic coding is influenced by a number of factors such as, the combination and arrangement of colors, the use and nature of an object and the deliberate breaking of rules by which these factors operate. This young girls modesty apron would be a lovely addition to your collection.
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Shows age, has tears in the apron, but in good condition.
16 1/2" long
5 1/2" tall
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