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Acient Zulu Dressing


Mens clothing

The amaShoba are cow tails worn on the upper arms and below the knees to give the appearance of greater bulk to the body.

IsiNene is the front apron, consisting of coin sized circular skin patches sewn closely together to add weight and cover the male genitals.
iBeshu is the rear apron made from calf skin (from stillborn or dead calves). Those of young men involved in active pursuits are knee length whilst those of the older men are ankle length.

A headband is used only by married men.

The leopard is revered as the king of predators and only those of an elevated social position wear its skin. An induna may only wear a headband but the king may wear as much as he wishes.

The inJobo are long animal skins worn on the hips.

Womens Clothing

A single maiden will wear only a short grass skirt embellished perhaps with beads whilst an engaged girl will cover her breasts and allow her hair to grow.

A married woman covers her entire body to indicate that she is taken and wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been treated with charcoal and animal fat. Over this skirt may be another of cloth in white, red or black. Over her breasts, the woman wears a cover decorated with beads with a message understood only by her husband.

The most impressive adornment is the hat which is constructed with grass and cotton that is sewn into the hair. These may measure as much as a meter across and last for a few months, whereupon the procedure is repeated.

Mens clothing

The amaShoba are cow tails worn on the upper arms and below the knees to give the appearance of greater bulk to the body.

IsiNene is the front apron, consisting of coin sized circular skin patches sewn closely together to add weight and cover the male genitals.
Natal South Africa 2010iBeshu is the rear apron made from calf skin (from stillborn or dead calves). Those of young men involved in active pursuits are knee length whilst those of the older men are ankle length.

A headband is used only by married men.

The leopard is revered as the king of predators and only those of an elevated social position wear its skin. An induna may only wear a headband but the king may wear as much as he wishes.

The inJobo are long animal skins worn on the hips.

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Womens Clothing

A single maiden will wear only a short grass skirt embellished perhaps with beads whilst an engaged girl will cover her breasts and allow her hair to grow.

A married woman covers her entire body to indicate that she is taken and wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been treated with charcoal and animal fat. Over this skirt may be another of cloth in white, red or black. Over her breasts, the woman wears a cover decorated with beads with a message understood only by her husband.

The most impressive adornment is the hat which is constructed with grass and cotton that is sewn into the hair. These may measure as much as a meter across and last for a few months, whereupon the procedure is repeated.

Mens clothing

The amaShoba are cow tails worn on the upper arms and below the knees to give the appearance of greater bulk to the body.

IsiNene is the front apron, consisting of coin sized circular skin patches sewn closely together to add weight and cover the male genitals.
iBeshu is the rear apron made from calf skin (from stillborn or dead calves). Those of young men involved in active pursuits are knee length whilst those of the older men are ankle length.

A headband is used only by married men.

The leopard is revered as the king of predators and only those of an elevated social position wear its skin. An induna may only wear a headband but the king may wear as much as he wishes.

The inJobo are long animal skins worn on the hips.

Womens Clothing

A single maiden will wear only a short grass skirt embellished perhaps with beads whilst an engaged girl will cover her breasts and allow her hair to grow.

A married woman covers her entire body to indicate that she is taken and wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been treated with charcoal and animal fat. Over this skirt may be another of cloth in white, red or black. Over her breasts, the woman wears a cover decorated with beads with a message understood only by her husband.

The most impressive adornment is the hat which is constructed with grass and cotton that is sewn into the hair. These may measure as much as a meter across and last for a few months, whereupon the procedure is repeated.

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