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African Tribal Dress by Maree  Clarkson


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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 In some instances these traditional garments have been replaced by western clothing introduced by European colonialists and worn in conjunction with tribal beads and aprons.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!

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Unique!! Very interesting too! Can you imagine wearing those “legrings” around your legs Maree?

  • Thank you, glad you like it Liz. I can’t even wear stockings, don’t think I’ll be able to do it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    The watercolor is absolutely stunning (& I rarely use that word!), your text is outstanding, & the Kimble quote is spot on, Maree. Can’t rave enough about this extraordinary package. Magnificent! ~ Sheila

  • Oh Sheila, how wonderful of you to say such lovely things! I’m really pleased you like it, made the end of my day perfect! Thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful representation of the colorful dress of this culture. Very interesting read, too!

  • Thanks Dot, great that you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Miriam Morgan
    Miriam Morganalmost 3 years ago


    CONGRATULATIONS! Your beautiful artwork is our Pick of the Day, and is Featured in our group! If you have a little time, come and see your congratulations post HERE!

    Miriam Morgan,

    October 4, 2011

  • Wow Miriam, this is absolutely great! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shani Sohn
    Shani Sohnalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful painting Maree. Congratulations on your Pick of the Day!

  • Thanks SO much Shani, really appreciate your comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    *CONGRATULATIONS! * Lieflike foto van die dag!!

  • Baie dankie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • mordechai
    mordechaiabout 2 years ago

    Hi, Maree…

  • Hi Mordechai, thank you for this feature, lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • © Angela L Walker
  • Thank you for this feature Angela, a lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...almost 2 years ago

    Congrats on your feature…very well deserved!!

  • Thanks ever so much Madalena, also for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHessealmost 2 years ago

    Just wonderful Maree!

  • Hey, thanks a lot Jolante! Appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

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