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Courtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads
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    • Bachelor Hat

    • Bachelor Hat
    • Ifugao Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A small round fiber hat with a pair of Mother-of-Pearl drop earrings attached. This hat is worn by bachelor's and sits on the back of the head over a bun and ties under the chin. Married men wear a hat with no decoration.
    • Breastplate

    • Breastplate
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Both the bride and the groom wear a crescent-shaped breastplate for an Indonesian wedding. The breastplates are sometimes worn in multiples - one hanging down from the other with up to 5 in a vertical row.
    • Clove Necklace

    • Clove Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Arab wives from Southern Iran to Yemen wear aromatic clove necklaces. The pleasing scent is considered attractive, having the same effect as perfume. Cloves, being expensive, symbolize wealth and an abundance of food for the future.
    • Coin Necklace

    • Coin Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • In India it is customary to give brides British coins that are then made into necklaces and worn at the wedding. These coins, strung on red cotton twine, range from 1919 to 1941 with most of them from 1935 and 1941. One side has a stylized...
    • Cuff Bracelet

    • Cuff Bracelet
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • An Indonesian bride will wear a cuff or a pair of cuff bracelets on her wedding day. This one is shown on a stand. It is 6 1/2 inches long and has gold wash embossed designs over a silver base.
    • Double Crescent Necklace

    • Double Crescent Necklace
    • Harar Tribe
    • Communication Artifact;Exchage Medium
    • A "Muze" is a large crescent-shaped chest pendant worn in Somalia by the Harar Tribe as a valuable wedding dowry. Traditionally a muze is worn with amber and silver. For more information see p. 282 of "Africa Adorned" by Angela Fisher.
    • Ear Flaps

    • Ear Flaps
    • Maasai Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Only a Maasai married woman may wear these beaded ear flaps. Tribal custom states that her husband must never see her without them. They are made of glass seed beads on leather and are 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.
    • Ear Plugs

    • Ear Plugs
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Married Zulu women wear ear plugs to "insure that ears of the mind may also hear". The plastic pieces used to make these ear plugs are cut from old vinyl records.
    • Egg Beads

    • Egg Beads
    • Berber Tribe
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • Woman in southern Morocco wear these enameled silver egg shaped beads called " Taguemout", which symbolize fertility.
    • Gold Earrings

    • Gold Earrings
    • Fulani Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Fulani married women wear gold earrings with a distinctive twist. The earrings are called "Kwottenai Kanye". The larger the earrings the more wealthy the bride. This pair has a 2 inch diameter. Several very large pairs (at least 6 inch diameter)...
    • H'mong Bag

    • H'mong Bag
    • H'mong People
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • This bag, decorated with silver, is worn for special ceremonies. H'mong people consider attire to be a weapon of seduction and silver is a sign of wealth. The embroidery shows the skill of the woman who made the costume and uses the bag. H'mong...
    • Headband

    • Headband
    • Maasai Tribe
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • The Maasai marriage is simple. The bride's head is shaved and anointed with lamb fat. Then bands of beautiful beadwork are placed on her head. The headdress is handed down from generation to generation and is worn only for the wedding ceremony. ...
    • Heirloom Necklace

    • Heirloom Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • In Afghanistan each generation adds a strand to the "Wedding" Necklace as it is passed down in the family. It is also called an "Heirloom" or "Generation" necklace. It is uniquely strung with a netted technique using black and coral-colored glass...
    • Jocolo Apron

    • Jocolo Apron
    • Ndebele Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • An Ndebele married woman wears a five-paneled beaded goatskin apron called a "Jocolo" on important ceremonial occasions. It is prepared for the woman by her husband and is worn plain for several months before being replaced by a beaded one. Each...
    • Jocolo, detail

    • Jocolo, detail
    • Ndebele Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A detail of three of the beaded panels on a "Jocolo" apron worn by a married woman. These are approximately size 8 glass seed beads. The beads are attached in groups, not individually sewn down. There may be 15 beads in a group. This method of...
    • Khomissar

    • Khomissar
    • Tuareg People
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • The Khomissar pendant is the gift of a mother to her daughter. The white shell is a fertility symbol worn by brides. Each diamond shape represents a stylized "Hand of Fatima" to protect against evil. The Bella and Tuareg people in Niger and Mali...
    • Kina Shell Necklace

    • Kina Shell Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact;Exchange Medium
    • Kina shells are often worn in multiples by a bride in Papua, New Guinea. The groom gives one to each member of the bride's family as payment for her hand in marriage (bride's price).
    • Love Letter I

    • Love Letter I
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Art
    • Color coded messages (or love letters) are found in Zulu tab necklaces. Girls send messages that are prized by the young men who receive them. The message is often an invitation to courtship, but can be read in many different ways. The design...
    • Love Letter II

    • Love Letter II
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Art
    • Color coded messages (or love letters) are found in Zulu tab necklaces. Girls send messages that are prized by the young men who receive them. The message is often an invitation to courtship, but can be read in many different ways. The design...
    • Love Letter III

    • Love Letter III
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Art
    • Color coded messages (or love letters) are found in Zulu tab necklaces. Girls send messages that are prized by the young men who receive them. The message is often an invitation to courtship, but can be read in many different ways. The design...

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