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This shows the Back-Apron combined with the Back-Belt

Yei Beaded Back-Belt

Tribe Dynasty

Yei

Country Of Origin

Botswana

Region

North-western Botswana, edges of the Okavango swamps

Date

20th century

Size

76 x 31 cms (30 x 12ΒΌ ins)

Materials

Glass beads

Technique

Beadwork

Condition

Good condition

The Yei tribe live along the edges of the Okavango Swamp in Northern Botswana. The women wore a three part costume that consisted of a beaded front-apron, a skin back-apron (often adorned with strands of beads), and a beaded back-belt worn on top of it. The colours favoured by the Yei are black, white and sometimes red beads. The older pieces often have ostrich shell beads as well, resulting from their proximity to the San who made and used them in their own accoutrements. There is an interesting article in African Arts from 1977 discussing these beadwork costumes.

We also show this piece combined with the Back-Apron as it would have been used.

References

  • African Arts. African Studies Center, UCLA. Los Angeles. Volume X, No. 2. January 1977. . Leather and Beads in N'gamiland. pp.34. 35

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2236

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