Yay- I've made a whole week back in my chair-HAHAHAHA, I've had great fun getting back into the swing of things and am soooo engrossed in a new kit at the moment I didn't even notice the time today- NOW that is called FUN!- wheeeeeeeeeee.
I don't know if you remember me showing you a LO a while ago of my house keeper Cynthia in her Traditional Orange outfit ?
The Orange outfit was made for her by her future daughter in law for the family wedding. It can only be worn by an Older much respected lady who has earned the respect of her community and family?
Well today, Cynthia was dressed up in a traditional White dress and asked me to take some photo's for her. She's sooo proud of her traditional outfits and I love learning about each one. So I thought I would share these of her ;-)
She LOVES having photo's taken but I battle to get her to give me a full smile as she has no teeth- lol. She had them removed a while ago and didn't like the false ones and won't wear them. She has a giggle like a little girl and laughs out loud with ease in my house and I LOVE it as both of us land up laughing at each other laughing ;-)
Wearing the traditional White outfit and Xhosa beads. Both of which are hand made and sewn.
Love the swirled pattern detail on her shawl too.
I had to wait for the sunglasses to be put on as she say's it makes her look wealthy ;-)
Even the handbag matches.
The white outfit is worn when a mother or grandmother celebrates her son becoming a man. ( in this case it's Cynthia's grandson). Traditionally all boys go into the *bush or isolation* for a circumcision ritual (umkhwetha). It is a very old tradition and every Xhosa boy has to go through the ceremony before he is regarded as a man. If he does not, his people will always refer to him as a boy and no woman with any self respect will want to marry him. You can read up more about it here if you would like ;-)
So this is her CELEBRATION outfit that she will wear to a ceremony for the *coming out* of her grandson- who is now a MAN ;-)
And yes- I have another reveal for you today- WOOT
5 Brand New CU ok products.
Textures, prints and edges, all Quality Checked for your peace of mind.
This purchase contains:
5 Full Sized products in JPG and PNG @ 300ppi
That's $1 per FULL sized product
And I thought I would give you a REVEAL a DAY for the week ;-)
Grungy Florals 2
Texture Pack- Scenic Wood.
More next week- but don't miss it- 5 full products for only $5 ;-)
My CT team have been busy too and have a ton of FREEBIES up for you this week! Be sure to click their blog links on the right hand side of my blog ;-)
Bekah_E has this stunning freebie up for my Colour Challenge.
You can grab it HERE.
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Jenni has this freebie up using my bag too
Grab it HERE.
Lots more- just keep blog hopping ;-)
PHEW- that was quite a post today again- I sure am making up for all the Christmas Holiday missing ones huh?- hahahahaha. Have a great weekend everyone and see you Monday.
Hugs and Loves