A superb and old piece, in very good condition, showing clear evidence of wear, this beaded square apron is a work from the Ndebele. Aprons such as this are known as Ipepetu or Pepetu. They are worn by young unmarried women. Wearing the pepetu apron means the young woman is ready to be married. She would wear such apron until her wedding day . On the wedding day she would wear a wedding apron Jojolo. After the wedding she will change the Jocolo apron and will wear a new beaded apron called mapoto until she will bear her first child. The Ndebele of South Africa are superb bead workers. Their bead works are remarkable for their variety, their bright colors, and their intricate designs. Bead work has became a cultural icon of the Ndebele. Bead work as well as mural art are important aspects of the Ndebele and South Africans peoples.
This would be a wonderful gift or addition to your home collection.
Shows age and use, very good condition.
14.5 Inches Wide
12.5 Inches Tall
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