Thimba (Back-skirt) - Ndebele People, South Africa (#3350)

Thimba (Back-skirt) - Ndebele People, South Africa (#3350)

$745.00 Reg. Price $995.00   You Save $250.00
Material: Goatskin, grass and beads

Description: The Ndebele are one of the most colorful people in all of Africa. They adorn themselves with intricate beaded clothing and adornments including the 'thimba' (isithimba), or back-skirt. Worn by young unmarried Ndebele women, the thimba is made of goatskin and is traditionally decorated in colorful beaded patterns. The back-skirt would have been worn around the waist, suspended from a beaded grass-cored hoop and was traditionally worn as an indicator of the woman being of an marriageable age.

An item of our collection, this skirt predates the 1950's.

Dimensions: 23" height x 26" width x 1/2" depth
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