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CULTURAL RESOURCES: Traditional Attire
SNTC, 2000.

There is a wide range of traditional attire related to different cultural ceremonies, as well as day-to-day usage. Traditional attire is specific to gender and age group, and some items are only to be worn during specific traditional ceremonies, such as the incwala or the umhlanga (reed dance).

Traditional attire for daily use

Age: up to 3 months
both male and female wear only protective medicines
Age: 3 months to 3 years
males wear tiny loin skin females wear nothing or string of beads
Age: 3 to 8 years
males wear loin skin females wear string of beads and skirt of grass or cloth
Age: 8 to 17 years males wear loin skin and start to wear penis cap Age: 8 to 15 years females wear skirt of grass or skirt and short toga of cloth, never long; bead necklaces
Age: Unmarried adults
males wear loin skins and cloth, bead ornaments females wear a dress of cloth, hair up, but in a small bun
Age: Married adults
males wear loin skin, cloths females: newly-weds wear skin apron and skin skirt, apron worn under the armpits; after birth of first child, raises apron over one shoulder; hair in a bun
Age: Grandparents
males wear loin skin, cloths and head ring females wear goatskin and cloths, hair in bun

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Reference Material
SNTC Headquarters: Parliament Road. P O Box 100, Lobamba, Swaziland. Tel: (+268) 2416 1516, 2416 1489, 2416 1179. Fax: (+268) 2416 1875, 2416 1480. Email: info@sntc.org.sz
National Museum:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1875
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: curator@sntc.org.sz
King Sobhuza II Memorial Park:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1489
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: ksmp@sntc.org.sz
Malolotja Nature Reserve:
Tel/Fax: (+268) 2444 3241
Cell: 7660 6755
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Mantenga Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1151
2416 1178, Fax: 2416 1480
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Magadzavane Lodge
Mlawula Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2343 5108/9
Fax: 2343 5111
Email: magadzavane@sntc.org.sz