Every Zulu married woman traditionally wears a red wool or cotton headdress as a sign of her status, though the size and shape varies from district to district – from knobs to mushroom shapes. These beaded bands are made to fasten to the headdress above the brow. This superbly beaded example, with a safety pin at either end, is based on a trade fabric design and dates from the 1950s. Size33 x 6 cm / 13 x 2 ˝ inches.
Ref: page 112, Barbara Tyrell, Tribal People of Southern Africa, Struik 1962