Z to A countdown: Z for Zulu Maiden Skirt


I came across this idea on the thelittleleaf blog and I really thought it was a great way of challenging one’s creativity. The fellow blogger has been kind enough to let me use the idea, and as she said, I too am curious to see how it will turn out:-). Another one of my favourite A to Z project can be found here Twoloves. Twoloves is running the A to Z concept on food. Her posts are really amazing!

I was going to count down from A to Z but I found it somewhat easy to come up with ideas from this side of the alphabet. So I have decided to start from the end of the alphabet counting down from Z to A. I was a bit reluctant but I’m going to give it a shot and I’m excited to see what I come up with.


I am from what we call the Rainbow nation of South Africa. While Z is not such an obvious alphabet to associate with, the first thing that came to my mind was Z for Zulu. The Zulu nation is the largest ethnic group in South Africa (about 11m of an estimated 50m total population).Clothing in the various South African cultures distinguishes the young (and unmarried) from the old (and married). In the Zulu culture young maidens would traditionally wear such a skirt as this (which I believe was made with cowhide back in the days), adorned with beautiful beads. In the modern day beautifully adorned traditional wear like this would often be worn to celebratory events like weddings.

The skirt is beautifully pleated and would generally have different bead patterns.

This picture was actually taken two or so years back. I was at a flea market shopping for my own Zulu skirt. The seller decided to adorn me with all other things usually worn with the skirt…beads and more beautiful beads.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Tsaro says:

    I like your picture in Zulu gear.

  2. MAHLARE SM says:


    This is stunning! I thougt you only started learning photography recently.

    1. lol. but i did start recently. thanks papa.

  3. Pavitra says:

    i love the beads from the flea market! so gorgeous. And good luck with the Z-A project 😀

  4. Tumelo Motaung says:

    I love how you use your camera. Makes me miss mine 🙂

    1. 🙂 I miss my yet to be purchased professional camera…lol…thanks

  5. Mashlee Mapitse says:

    Hi am in Botswana where can I find Zulu beaded skirt am in need of one to wear during my wedding

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s