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South African Cultural Fashion


These vibrant cultures were slaying their fashion game long before the . who have inhabited the wild and windswept Eastern Cape of South .

South African Cultural Fashion

Most global fashions aren’t fads. They arise from centuries of tradition and don’t go out of vogue when the seasons change, the bold beadwork of the Maasai in the Serengeti, the endless folds of a bright blue Tuareg head wrap in the Sahara, a Scottish tartan. Here are some of the world’s most notable fashions and the people who wear them plus tips on borrowing the styles when you get back home.

The Maasai, a semi-nomadic people who breed predominantly cattle, roam the Serengeti grasslands. As a result of moving from place to place in search of better grazing, the Maasai travel light—but fashionably. They adorn themselves daily with elaborate beadwork, with a more-is-more approach: necklaces stacked high and wide, earrings that drip like waterfalls, bracelets inching up arms. The design and size of each indicates age, identity, and status within the community.
Lightweight, vibrant, and distinctive, Maasai bead work has entranced designers for ages, so much so that in the last decade, the Maasai have trademarked their bead artistry to protect their cultural identity, fighting fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton for appropriating their designs without permission. So if you can’t resist trying the look for yourself, buy from local artisans. Before you wear, take note: Coluor is key. White beads symbolize milk; red, blood; black, skin; and orange, generosity. Blue symbolizes God, because it shares the color of the sky, and green beads are said to represent vegetation after rainfall, a symbol of peace for the Maasai.

  Maliha Akhtar       Friday, 13 Dec 2019       302 Views

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