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Dimensions: L:26.4in W:9.8in D:2in
This long beaded necklace with a neck ring (Isigolwani) is hand crafted by Ndebele women in South Africa. The Ndebele people use beadwork as a means of marking the different cultural stages of a woman's life. The art of making jewelry out of beadwork is an inherent part of the Ndebele culture. Girls and women have historically worn different types of beadwork at different stages of their lives, communicating their status as children, unmarried adolescents or married women.
About the Tribe
Ndebele, also known as Transvaal Ndebele or (ama)Ndebele, are a Bantu-speaking African people who live primarily in the South African provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng. The Ndebele people are divided into three groups: Southern, Northern, and the Ndebele of Zimbabwe. The Ndebele people of South Africa trace their ancestry back to Chief Muzi, who migrated his tribe around 400 years ago from what is now KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng, both of which are South African provinces. The isiNdebele language is part of the Nguni language.
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