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The Zulus are the largest and most well known South African ethnic tribe, mainly because of the vital part they played in the continents history. The Zulus are known for their strong fighting spirit and the history of South Africa would not be complete without mentioning the Zulu Tribe.

The Zulus arose in the late 18th century from the hundreds of small clans occupying the northern regions of kwaZulu-Natal on the eastern seaboard of South Africa.  There was always a struggle between the clans for grazing rights and conflict was commonplace . They merged into a great kingdom In the 19th century under the leadership of Shaka.  

Today there is an estimated  10 million Zulu residents in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Traditional Zulu Attire

The most prominent adornment in Zulu traditional dresses are iconic circular-shaped hats called isicholo, which are worn by married women.

 

Ischolo were originally made of grass and cotton. They measured as much as a metre across to protect the women from the sun. Zulu women also wear different attire to indicate the different stages of their lives.

Apart from the Ischolo, a married woman also wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been softened with animal fat and charcoal, she is required to cover her entire body to indicate that she is now married and no longer available for potential suitors. Single young women who are not yet married wear their hair short, topless with a short grass-reed skirt embellished with beads. Engaged women cover their breasts and grow their hair.

The grass reed skirt Modern Zulu Dress has now been replaced with the common zulu pleated skirts. Traditionally, Zulu women covered their bosom with a cloth, but nowadays, the simple cloth used to cover their breats has been replaced with cotton vests or beaded bras are which are worn along with colourful beaded necklaces.