Large Xhosa Umbhaco Shawl Blanket with Bells
This large tradiional Xhosa blanket shawl is decorated with black shoelace braiding, beading and bells, also called clocks. It is made in the uMbhaco style using mother-of-pearl buttons, and we can make the shawl in any ibayi soze fabric colour.
All products are made to order, please allow 2 weeks for completion of your order.
- Traditionally the Bhayi is worn together with a Mnyotho (skirt), Skhwenkweni (bra shawl), Ncebetha (apron) and Faskoti (apron) to complete the full isiXhosa traditional dress called an uMbhaco set. The full uMbhaco set is available to purchase online too.
- Da Gama iBayi fabric is available in the colours white, cream, red, turqoise blue, black, mustard and orange. We can also make this item in royal blue but the fabric is not from Da Gama.
Our crafters are highly experienced African Xhosa seamstresses and beaders who work with a range of fabrics and beading styles to bring you contemporary and traditional ethnic clothing and jewellery, only found in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
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