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African Tribal Dress


Maree  Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

Sizing Information

Small 15.4" x 23.2"
Medium 22.0" x 33.1"
Large 31.2" x 46.9"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame


Artist's Description

W&N watercolour on Visual 200gsm
From my Africa / Ethnic series.

in “Impressionism Café” 4th Oct 2011 (Click on banner)
“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.”
- George Kimble
African clothing is the traditional clothing, often vibrantly coloured, worn by the indigenous peoples of Africa. In some instances these traditional garments have been replaced by western clothing introduced by European colonialists and worn in conjunction with tribal beads and aprons.
Ndebele women traditionally adorned themselves with a variety of ornaments, each symbolising her status in society. After marriage, dresses became increasingly elaborate and spectacular. In earlier times, the Ndebele wife would wear copper and brass rings around her arms, legs and neck, symbolising her bond and faithfulness to her husband, once her home was built.
Xhosa beadwork, like all African art, is steeped in symbolism and meaning. It has a rich and colourful history and has faced extinction with the encroachment and interference of the civilised, western, Christian world. Fortunately it has survived over the centuries and is still practiced by pockets of women in some regions of South Africa, to keep the tradition alive as well as to keep food on the table.

May 2012 – SOLD 1 Poster – thank you to the buyer!

14th September 2011 – FEATURED in “Art Inspired by Written Words”
5th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Impressionism Café”
22nd July 2012 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
26th October 2012 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”
30th December 2012 – FEATURED in “Vibration in Art and Verse”
6th January 2013 – FEATURED in “We Sell it FAST!”

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