Ndebele attire

Ndebele Attire


The Ndebele tribe (Matabele) are Bantu-speaking people of southern Africa. They are known for their artistic talent - geometric wall art and colorful beadwork.


What is traditional Ndebele Attire


Ndebele tradition is known for its colourful and vibrant clothes that are decorated with beautiful beadwork.


Ndebele Attire for Men


Ndebele men traditionally wear a headband made from animal skin and a breast-plate which hangs from the neck like a necklace. It is often decorated with beads around the top and is made from animal skin.


Ndebele Attire for Women


Ndebele women have different traditional outfits for different stages of their lives.


A married woman traditionally wears a striped blanket over her shoulders and she wears copper and brass rings around her arms, neck and legs.


Unmarried females wear beaded aprons or beaded skirts. In the past they’d walk around topless but, lately they usually wear a plain white shirt.






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