Zulu ( South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique)
When it comes to style the Zulu never disappoint. From their kraals to their clothing, the Zulu are in love with bright vibrant colors. In fact, traditional Zulu dressing incorporates nearly every color in the rainbow.
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In traditional Zulu society, a woman’s choice of dress communicates her marital status. Unmarried women typically wear a short skirt made from colorful beads, while those engaged wear the same beaded skirt, but with an accompanying matching bib also made of beads draped across her neck. Married women are however fully clothed.
Men sport a colorful combination of exotic animal skin and feathers that is indicative of their status, rank, and age. Young men wear short knee-length skirts made out of cow’s hide, while older men wear a slightly longer version of the same outfit. The Zulu king and his supporting chiefs wear leopard skin and exotic bird feathers.