© Tim Hamill
NDEBELE, MAPOTO APRON 9, So. Africa, 24", $1000, SOLD
Photos are too light, colors are richer.
This beaded garment, made by and worn by women, was for ceremonial occasions. It defined one's status, progressing from girlhood to womanhood. The Mapoto was reserved for married women. This piece is older, on leather, in excellent condition.
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