DINKA VESTS, SUDAN

DINKA
Vest 1
20" high x 18" wide
SOLD



DINKA
Vest 2
19 " high x 18" wide
$3000

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DINKA, VESTS, Sudan

These Dinka vests have been vetted as authentic. They are displayed on custom stands (included).

In their splendid book, Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan, Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith note that when they first visited the Dinka in the 1970s, men and women wore beaded corsets and vests (bodices) to reveal their progression through life and their availability for marriage. When they returned to Sudan in 2005, after the long civil war, "In four weeks of traveling over several thousand miles, we saw only four women wearing traditional bodices [beaded vests]. Dinka beadwork had been lost, discarded or sold during the war."


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