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TRADITIONAL FASHION IN SOUTH AFRICA


Venda -- Located in South Africa, Venda culture appears to be a mix of cultures incorporating a variety of East African Central African, Nguni, and Sotho characteristics. Photo by Wayne Feidon / Flickr.

The Traditional clothing in South Africa varies from tribe to tribe.
Zulu: The most well known people of South Africa, their dress is bright and colorful, especially for women and girls. Unmarried women wear bands around their waists, ankles, necks and elbows called “izincu”. Married women wear hats and shawls to symbolize their marital status. Men wear different animal-hide coverings.
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Xhosa: Young women in this tribe go shirtless, if they are single; to show they are looking for a husband. Beadwork is used heavily in their clothing, and similarly to the Zulus, different garments are used to reflect a women’s status in the tribe. Men’s clothing includes brightly colored blankets or cloaks dyed with natural dyes.
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Venda: The Venda people are known for their unique ceremonies, such as the rainmaking dance. For this ceremony, a male rain dancer wears a skirt made of grass, as well as a feathered headdress and armbands. Females wear traditional loincloths and performers wear animal skins and feathers in their hair, to indicate their maturity.
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Voortrekker: This tribe consists of early Dutch-speaking farmers who wore simple everyday clothes, but nicer outfits for celebrations. One signature piece for women is the Voortrekker bonnet. Aprons and neckerchiefs also characterize this modernized style.
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