Beadwork | Ndebele Pepetu (Isiphephetu)

The Pepetu (Isiphephetu) is a small, stiff beaded apron worn by a young Ndebele maiden in South Africa upon puberty, and after completing the period of seclusion which constitutes female initiation. During this time, she is taught about the traditions relating to the women's role and duties in the group. It is worn until she is married.
It is rectangular shape, deftly beaded, and worn with a thimba, or backskirt. The design expresses the young girl's aspirations toward marriage and her home, and is traditionally made by her mother.

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