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Ndebele girl's apron


Creation date: Mid-20th century
Creation place: South Africa

Other Information

Type: Apron, Skirts, Loindresses
Medium and Support: Glass beads, fabric, string
Credit Line: Gift of Sana Art Foundation
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (21.59 x 34.29 x 3.18 cm)
A beaded apron with a lager diamond shape center that is black and white (and has a light blue center). The diamond is bordered by a background of blue beads. The left side of the apron has a vertical strip of light blue beads. The top is decorated with a row of green and black alternating squares and above that is bordered with a row of blue beads. Underneath the top panel is a layer of braded fibers (that are not shown ) with beads on the end that are seen below the top beaded panel. A strip of yellow material is on the back that holds all the layers together.
Only real wear is on the leather. All the beadwork appears to be strong and in tacked. The fiber appears to be still very strong, however there is a section in the upper right hand corner that a string a beads are pulling away and a re a little lose."


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Teri Sowell, PhD. Asking For Eyes University Art Gallery, SDSU. San Diego, 2004
Page Number: 32, Figure Number: 25a

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