Culture July 24, 2019 at 07:30 am

8 traditional African visual markers of marital status before the advent of wedding rings

Novieku Babatunde Adeola

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

Novieku Babatunde Adeola July 24, 2019 at 07:30 am

July 24, 2019 at 07:30 am | Culture

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The Zulu Hat [Zulu Women of South Africa]

The Zulu tribe has a very rich culture. Their women in different stages of their lives are obliged to wear different attire to signify their age group. The older they get, the more they are expected to cover their bodies.

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Unmarried girls wear a short skirt and nothing on top regardless of her size while engaged Zulu women will cover their breasts and grow their hair. A married woman covers her entire body to indicate that she is spoken for. She wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been softened with animal fat and charcoal.

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