Skirt (Isikhakha or Umbhaco)
20th century
Xhosa or Mfengu peoples, South Africa
Cotton, wool, glass beads, shell buttons, ochre pigment
61” (154.5 cm) long by 54” (137 cm) wide

$2900

Isikhakha or umbhaco were typically made from a white cotton blanket dyed with ochre. It would have been folded over a tied belt with two long beaded tassels. The horizontal beaded decoration is composed of straight rows and zigzags sewn between very narrow strips of black wool that have been appliqued over the entire front of the garment. Alternating with the beading are rows of mother-of-pearl buttons, which, when worn, must have shimmered with movement. There is a two-sided patch and a few stains on the area that would be folded under, otherwise, this skirt is in excellent condition.

 

Zena Kruzick
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Zena Kruzick :: Skirt, South Africa
Zena Kruzick :: Skirt, South Africa
Zena Kruzick :: Skirt, South Africa
Zena Kruzick :: Skirt, South Africa