As you know this blog is dedicated to embracing and celebrating a variety of exquisite weddings. Today’s featured wedding is a beautiful Zulu wedding. I’ve been longing to bring you an exquisite Zulu wedding for some time now and I’m happy to finally deliver.
I felt such a special connection to this wedding. It has reminded me of just how beautiful South Africa is; so diverse, so rich in culture, so full of minerals and so much more.
n the Zulu tradition a couple is not completely married until a special ceremony called Umabo is completed. Because Umabo ceremony can cost quite a lot of money some couples prefer to have a church wedding or civil ceremony and then have Umabo celebration a year or so later. Although they will be married in the eyes of the law, their wedding will not be regonised traditionally.
The whole point of Umabo is to welcome and introduce the bride into her new family. Both families will each slaughter a cow to symbolize the celebration.The Zulu people say if Umabo is not done, the ancestors do not recognise Makoti(the bride).
Umabo always takes place at the groom’s home. The Bride will be accompanied by her family. She is to bring gifts (normally after a date is set for Umabo a shopping list is completed by the groom’ family and given to the Bride and her family to buy all the items listed on it).
The Xhosa’s are a proud people and their cultural heritage is close to their hearts. Traditionally, the women’s clothing and ornaments show the stages of their lives. A certain headdress is worn by a newly married girl; a different style by one who has given birth to her first child, and so on. Women’s clothing include dresses in bright colours like orange, green, red and white with braiding and beads over a skirt. The headdress is a colourful braided turban. The Xhosa people are known for their beautiful beadwork and it
forms an important part of women’s traditional clothing. They wear long necklaces of beads, with collars of multi-coloured beads around the neck, as well as beaded arm and ankle bracelets.
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Wedding dresses. Wedding dresses Here you will find out the Sepedi Traditional Wedding Dresses Designs Pictures with the Price range because Sepedi wedding has many of the traditions and customs as the whole wedding ceremony is completed in some stages and the
occasions starts from sending a letter from the groom family to the bride family to fix a date for the labola negotiation. The Dress I didn t want the traditional Sepedi dress referred to as Hele or the typical modern twist to it. Bridesmaid In Sleeveless Sepedi Flare Dress With Headwrap and White Sneakers. The Wedding Style It was a traditional Sepedi wedding through and through except for my dress which had a modern twist including a veil. See more ideas about African attire African Fashion and African print dresses. South African Lady In Pink Sepedi Inspired Peplum Top and Pants. Tsonga is a tribe in South Africa. Bride looked good in her modern Pedi dress with beaded head
beautiful printed or embroidered fabrics. Elaborate beaded necklaces called ithumbu are worn around the neck, as well as beaded bracelets and anklets. The iqhiya or headscarf is traditionally worn by married women. To complete the ensemble, embroidered capes or blankets are worn around the shoulders.
Xhosa men traditionally filled the roles of warrior, hunter and stockman and as such, animal skin formed an important part of their traditional wear. On special occasions embroidered skirts are worn with a rectangular cloth over the left shoulder, or a tunic and strands of beaded necklaces.
In celebration of Miss SA being crowned Miss Universe, we decided to dive deep into Zozibini Tunzi’s Instagram feed to see what fashion tips we could steal from the inspirational beauty queen.
As befits a glam beauty queen, Miss Universe’s Instagram feed features no shortage of sparkle. When she’s donning a gown that’s dripping with diamantes, Tunzi wisely knows to let her outfit do the talking by keeping her styling clean and simple.
Remember, too, that sparkle has no time stamp: there’s no reason you can’t wear a shimmering statement piece for a casual day event, as long as you contrast it with something simple. Think a blingy top paired with jeans and cute boots, or a glittering skirt teamed with a plain shirt or T-shirt.