Skirt - African Women's Group, Lekgabe, circa 1990-1992 Object Reg. No: SH 920675 1

Alternative Name(s): Lekgabe

Skirt made by the African Women's Group, circa 1990-1992 in Melbourne. This item is one of nine purchased from the African Women's Group, which was established in 1984 by Amelia Sello, an immigrant from South Africa. Mrs Sello also teaches crafts to group members.

The Lekgabe is a traditional skirt or frill, worn by young village women. It is traditionally made from strong vegetable fibre and worn with beads made from smooth seeds coloured with oxides. This lekgabe is accompanied by glass beads worn around the waist.
Skirt of unbleached manufactured cotton fibre consisting of a thick fringe sewn into a narrow waistband of dark blue and white printed cotton fabric. The waistband is extended and fastened by tying in a bow. The cotton fringe is cut to a uniform length.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 28.00 cm (Height), 2.00 cm (Width), 36.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: clothing, cultural identity, cultural traditions, traditional costumes, crafts, handcrafts, cultural maintenance, ethnic groups, south africa culture, south african communities, south african immigration
Themes this item is part of: Amelia Sello, South African Migrant & Artist, 1984, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: regional costume
Maker: African Women's Group, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990-1992
References: Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project, by Deborah Tout- Smith and Anna Malgorzewicz for MoV and Monash University History Dept, 1992.

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