skirt

umbhaco (pl.imibhaco), skirt, for intombe zabafana (young women) of fabric called ifelani. Worn to sacrifices, dances and festivities. Decorated with rows of straight and zig-zag shop bought black braid (ibleyiti) stitched on by machine and decorated with horizontal rows of beads and triangles of beads (amatikiti). While some trading stores and one small factory in the Transkei manufacure these skirts, this example is home-made.

umbhaco (pl.imibhaco), skirt, for intombe zabafana (young women) of fabric called ifelani. Worn to sacrifices, dances and festivities. Decorated with rows of straight and zig-zag shop bought black braid (ibleyiti) stitched on by machine and decorated with horizontal rows of beads and triangles of beads (amatikiti). While some trading stores and one small factory in the Transkei manufacure these skirts, this example is home-made.

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