bridal train (Nyoga)
bridal train (Nyoga)

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Bridal Train (Nyoga)

Ndebele people

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.

Scholar Rhoda Levinsohn, Cleveland, OH sold on May 13, 1982 to Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997] of Indianapolis; donated to the IMA 1989

Object Information

Ndebele people
creation date
mid-20th century
glass beads, button, wood, fiber
approxiamtely H81-1/4 in.
84-3/4 x 17 x 2 in. (mounted)
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
Textile and Fashion Arts