The Ndebele are the smallest tribe in South Africa.
Many times displaced in recent centuries by tribal clashes or more recently by the opportunist interests of the apartheid government, this tribe is now settled in a small territorial enclave (KwaNdebele) northeast of Pretoria where you can admire these beautiful murals that made it famous. Their art of pearl work is just as admirable as their ritual or representative dolls.
Young girl Ndebele dolls:
These dolls symbolize the representation of a young Ndebele girl of marriageable age, which is recognizable by the double pearl girdle she wears.
In addition, she wears the traditional Ndebele pearl apron featuring the main motif of their home.
All of these dolls are made in a cooperative whose mission is the promotion of both traditional and contemporary handicraft Ndebele pearls. This cooperative brings together 90 women from disadvantaged rural areas, thus enabling them to obtain financial independence.
Each piece is unique (the work of pearls and the assembly of tissues varies substantially).