Fringed top knot made from aloe fibres

Item

Title

Fringed top knot made from aloe fibres

Creator

Creator Unrecorded

Subject

Hair
Headgear

Description

Head decoration made from aloe fibres attached to a stick, worn vertically at the hair. Worn by female initiates during the Efendula ceremony on the night of their return from the period of liberty in the bush. The Efendula ceremony by which young Kwaynama women celebrated the transition to marriageable age. [FHM27/06/2019]

Publisher

Making African Connections

Date

c.1930

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

Aloe; Plant
Tied
L = 350mm [FHM27/07/2019]

Identifier

ETH.ANG3.293A
A37/293A

Source

Antoinette and Diana Powell-Cotton
1937

Space/Place

Angola
Africa
Cultural Group: Okwanyama

Rights

© The Powell-Cotton Trust