Yei Beaded Back-Belt
Country Of Origin
North-western Botswana, edges of the Okavango swamps
76 x 31 cms (30 x 12¼ ins)
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.
- African Arts. African Studies Center, UCLA. Los Angeles. Volume X, No. 2. January 1977. . Leather and Beads in N'gamiland. pp.34. 35
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