Not Only for Its Beauty: Beadwork and Its Cultural Significance Among the Xhosa-speaking Peoples

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University of South Africa, 1990 - Beadwork, Nguni - 88 pages
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The significance of messages contained in Xhosa beadwork is examined in this beautifully illustrated publication. The author traces the historical background of beadwork from early times to the present-day significance of this unique art form. The wonderful richness and diversity of the Xhosa people become evident when the various messages are explained to the reader.

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Traditional dress and accessories
Significance of beadwork
Status levels and the wearing of beads

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