necklet (neck ornament (personal adornment))

isigcina yentliziyo (keeper of the heart), necklet, worn by iintombe yamakhwenkwe (girls who consort with youths), abafana (young men), iintombe zabafana (girls) to feasts, dances, and by young married women (who do not attend dances). Bead square-ipoco. Closes by means of bead loop (isango) (missing) and button (igosha). Bead colours: dark blue-unyembe, royal blue-uhobe, transp. yellow-iswenkile, green-igqabi elivuthiweyo. Geometric motifs-izikwinisi. Strung on cotton.

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