Thank you-I found just what I needed.
From: Ilonka Wybenga [mailto:ilonka@...
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 3:14 AM
Subject: [SCA-Garb] African Dress
Stefania DragonHeart wrote
>Pardon the misuse of the list, but I am doing a report for school, and it
>is on S.African clothing. Unfortunetly, I can't find a African dress
>anywhere. Can someone please help me? Thanks
As a South African and a lurker of note, if you are looking for traditional
S African dress you are going to have a hard time as there is really no such
thing. It depends on which cultural grouping you are looking at as well as
the time frame. South Africans from European descent have very little in the
way of traditional dress.
People such as the Xhosa, Zulu or Sotho wore very little in the way of dress
as we understand it. It was mostly a skirt made from animal skins and an
intricate beadwork necklace as a top covering; they went barefoot or
wrapped animal skins around their feet. The Herero in Namibia fell in love
with Victorian styles involving multiple layers and very intricate
headdresses and it is still worn today. The Simplicity/Butteric patterns
referred to and which admittedly are most commonly worn today as traditional
African dress has their origins in East and West Africa mostly.
Shire of Adamastor
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