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