Beaded Ndebele Apron "Mapoto"

Beaded Ndebele Apron "Mapoto"

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These beaded garments, made by and worn by women, were for ceremonial occasions. They defined one's status, progressing from girlhood to womanhood. were reserved for married women. Older aprons are on leather as opposed to canvas and have predominantly white designs and use smaller sized beads.

  • Region: South Africa           

  • Culture: Ndebele                 

  • Material: Leather glass beads metal             

  • Dimensions: W: 43cm H: 53cm    

  • Provenance: Private collection Netherlands

  • Age estimate: Mid 20th century

  • Condition: Good, traces of wear due to age and use.