Figure of a married Ndebele woman.
The rings worn around the neck called idzilo or idzila; the quantity of which denoted the wealth of the husband. The copper and brass rings also found around the arms and legs, symbolising a wife’s bond and faithfulness to her husband, once her home was built. The idzila would be worn until the death of the husband. In recent times, it is not common practice to wear the rings permanently.
As a sign of respect for the husband, the wife would also wear a head covering, either a simple beaded headband, knitted cap or elaborate beaded headdress called an amacubi. The signature blanket, called the Nguba also an item worn by a married Ndebele woman.