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Women in Zulu culture also dress differently at different periods of their lives, according to their stage of life. A young woman who is unmarried will keep her hair short and wear simply a short grass-reed skirt decorated with beads, but a woman who is engaged will cover her breasts and let her hair grow.
In order to signal that she has been spoken for, a married woman covers her entire body. She dresses in a thick cowhide skirt that has been softened with animal fat and charcoal to make it more comfortable. Tradition dictated that women cover their breasts with a cloth, but nowadays cotton vests or beaded bras are worn with beaded necklaces to create a more modern look.
The most recognizable piece of jewelry is a headdress in the shape of a circle, known as an izicolo, which is worn by married ladies.
They were usually made of grass and cotton and might measure up to a metre in circumference, providing protection from the sun for those who wore them.
Animal hides and plumes are customarily worn by Zulu gentlemen. For this reason, only royalty is permitted to wear leopard hide, which they regard as the emperor of all predatory animals in their culture. An isinene (front apron) and an ibheshu (rear apron) are used to protect the sexual organs and buttocks, respectively.
It is customary to wear amashoba (tufts of a cow's tail), which are worn on back and shoulders and below the knees to enhance the illusion of increased mass. Headbands are only worn by males who are married. This are all suitable for weddings.
2) Tsonga (Shangaan).
It is said that the Tsonga-Shangaan tribal group is a branch of the Zulu clan and that they are primarily concentrated in southern Mozambique and the northern areas of South Africa. Tsonga males customarily dress in animal hides, while Tsonga women dress in colorful pleated skirts called xibelani, which sway in the wind when they dance.
Venda ladies customarily dress in a shedo, which is a tiny apron that wraps the pelvic part of their bodies. Women wear a nwenda around their waists and across one arm when they grow breasts.
The nwenda is made of multicolored striped fabric and is worn across one shoulder.
Necklaces with beads, bangles, and headbands are other popular decorations.
Tsindis were historically worn by Venda youths and men, who were dressed in a loincloth. This is a pyramidal piece of animal hide that covers the front of your body and is passed between your legs before being knotted at the back. They also put a shawl over their shoulders when it was really cold. Today, Venda men are frequently seen wearing shirts made of nwenda cloth, which they pair with trousers.
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