VUYISEKA LUKE,

CPUT

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Xhosa peo­ple were sit­u­ated in a prov­ince called kwaXhosa, to­day known as the East­ern Cape. Dur­ing that time, wealthy house­holds were iden­ti­fied by the means of bead­work or neck­laces that women de­signed for their hus­bands.

Ntambho enkulu was a neck­lace worn by men who were per­mit­ted to slaugh­ter an­i­mals for rit­u­als. Iz­itsaba was worn by tra­di­tional heal­ers who had to go through var­i­ous stages in or­der to qual­ify to wear it. This piece is de­signed us­ing plat­inum, red rope and sil­ver, and raises aware­ness for its as­so­ci­ated tra­di­tional sym­bol­ism.

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