Modern Xhosa Ncebetha Aprons
The Ncebetha is a traditional Xhosa apron. When wearing the full traditional uMbhaco set the Faskoti apron goes on first, which is for decoration, and then the Ncebetha goes on over that making it the outer apron. It is a long, narrow, rectangular apron running from the chest down to below the hips. We can make the braiding and design in any style that you like, take a look at some of our examples!
Made of the traditional Xhosa fabric iBayi, which is 100% cotton, it is made in the uMbhaco style. Beading is done to suit the fabric colour, but you may also request any beading colours of your choice.
All products are made to order, please allow 2 weeks for completion of your order.
- 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. The braiding is in done in black using shoelace braid.
- Traditionally the Ncebetha is worn together with a Mnyotho (skirt), Bhayi (shawl), Skhwenkweni (bra shawl) and Faskoti (apron) to complete the full isiXhosa traditional dress called an uMbhaco set. The full uMbhaco set is available to purchase online too.
- 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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