The iPepethu (pe-pe- too) is a stiff rectangular fore apron worn by initiated girls until marriage. This apron was secured around d the waist.
This 1960s example is typically sewn onto canvas which shows signs of wear as can also be seen on the rear of the skit) (The older examples were sewn on leather). The Size33 x 42 cm / 13 x 16 ˝ inches .
The predominance of dark colours like black, dark green and dark red, and the simplified , geometrics of the stylised house design date this piece to the 1960s or 1970s.
Condition: Loss of th eblie and wite beads at the top eadge due to natural wear as a garment, central design intact.
For reference photographs, consult those fantastic books "Ndebele “by Courtney-Clarke and “Ndebele, A People And their Art”, by Powell & Lewis.