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Artist:  Ilandi Barkhuizen
Title:  Make the circle bigger v (Zulu)
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Size:  80 x 60cm
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  • Women wear different attire at different stages of their lives.
  • Single women have short hair and only wear short grass reed skirts with beads.
  • Engaged women will cover their breasts and grow their hair.
  • By covering their entire body, married women indicate that they are spoken for. Traditionally, they covered their bosom with cloth but in modern times they wear cotton vests or beaded bras.
  • Most iconic part of the attire is the circular-shaped hats called izicolo, worn by married women.
  • Izicolo measures as much as a meter across to protect the wearer from the sun and is traditionally made of grass and cotton.
  • Men traditionally wear skins and feathers.
  • The leopard is revered as the king of predators and is only allowed to be worn by royalty.
  • Headbands are worn by married men.
  • Tufts of cow's tail called amasova are worn for a bulkier look around the arms and calves.


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