bridal train (Nyoga)

Ndebele people
Creation date
glass beads, button, wood, fiber
approxiamtely H81-1/4 in. 84-3/4 x 17 x 2 in. (mounted)
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
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Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art - W304

Beadwork plays an important role in the courtship rituals of young Ndebele women.

The styles of Ndebele beaded clothing and ornaments have remained constant over the last several centuries. Until 1940, Ndebele beadwork was predominantly white, incorporating simple geometric designs in a limited range of colors.

In the past, beadwork was worn every day; however, it is now reserved for important ceremonies such as initiations, weddings, and funerals.

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg, Indianapolis; IMA (January 18, 1990).
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