What Is the Traditional Dress of South Africa?

What Is the Traditional Dress of South Africa?

What Is the Traditional Dress of South Africa?

Traditional South African dress consisted of bright clothing, animal skins and beads. A woman traditionally wore a skirt with a beaded apron on top, a beaded bodice, and jewelry on the neck, arm and legs. A man traditionally wore animal skins or loincloths, as well as beaded necklaces.

Those in authority wore special animal-skins and colorful ornaments. The Zulu diviner wore clothing designed to please snakes. A woman's traditional dance costume was made entirely out of beads, while a teenage girl traditionally wore a double-layered cloth skirt and a beaded bodice to special occasions, such as a wedding. A beaded cloak on a woman often indicated that she was married.