Cape (linaga)

Ndebele peoples
early 20th century
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General Description

Ndebele women wear curved goatskin capes adorned with a wide rectangular strip of beadwork on ceremonial occasions. The Dallas linaga is an example of an old-style beadwork that is characterized by a predominantly white background and a row of open squares near the bottom of the cape. The abstract designs are made with red, green, orange, and blue beads. The beads were attached one bead at a time and reinforced by pulling the thread through each bead three times.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 250-251.

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