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NDEBELE CHOKER: more than JUST a fashion trend

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Ntando Duma in an Ndebele choker

Fashion is a timeless form of art; often influenced by the world around us. In Africa, culture has always played a big role in how we interpreted fashion and what we deemed as our own style and trends. Our country is so rich in culture, which is a beautiful thing because these very customs and traditions we love and respect are what we associate with and what we use to influence our own sense of fashion.

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Today, our traditional regalia are turned into really dope fashion statements, and these trends are sometimes even adopted on the international fashion stage. One tribe that has played a major role in the South Africa’s fashion movement is the Ndebele tribe. You may have seen the newly trending gold Ndebele neck ring chokers. This has become the latest fashion accessory and is loved and worn by almost everyone.

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Kefiboo in an Ndebele choker

While we love that everyone is embracing their “African’ness” and appreciating who they are, we also know that some people are clueless on the stories that lie behind these fashion pieces. Instead of “blindly” wearing your choker for the sake of fashion, we took the liberty of finding out about its origins. The Ndebele people are part of the Nguni tribe and consist of two groups; the northern Ndebeles, who are the Zimbabwean Ndebeles, and the southern Ndebele tribe who are the South African located Ndebeles.

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In the southern Ndebele practice, the copper or brass neck rings are called “indzila” and are said to represent a myriad of things. The indzila was historically worn by married women, and only after they had been built a home by their husbands. Back in the day, the Ndebele wife would wear her indzila around her neck, arms and legs, as a symbol of her bond and faithfulness to her husband. The husband was responsible for providing the iindzila to his wife as a way of showcasing to the tribe, his wealth, and family status. The more rings a wife wore, the wealthier the husband was assumed to be.

ANC MP Grace Tseke in an Ndebele choker

ANC MP Grace Tseke in an Ndebele choker

The rings were believed to have strong ritual powers and the woman would only be allowed to remove these after the death of her husband. It’s said that the rings aren’t painful to the wearer, but may at first be uncomfortable. Thankfully, wives no longer have to permanently wear iindzila.

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This is the beauty of our people, and of their customs. So, next time you wear your fashionable iindzila, remember where that swag comes.

Do you own this fashion accessory? If so, how have you rocked it?

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Beauty Corner: What You Need To Know About Benzoyl Peroxide

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The truth about benzoyl peroxide.

When it comes to acne treatment, skin care professionals like dermatologists usually swear by products which contain benzoyl peroxide. Such treatments are normally accompanied by antibiotics to help with bacteria that causes acne.  The use of benzoyl has done wonders for many that suffer from harsh skin anomalies.

What is benzoyl peroxide?

Benzoyl peroxide is a medication used to treat mild to moderate acne problems. It works by killing bacteria in the skin and is also suitable for acne treatments by applying on affected areas.

What forms of benzoyl peroxide are available?

Fortunately, for those without prescriptions from medical professionals, benzoyl peroxide is available over the counter in a form of a liquid cleanser, bar, lotions, or gel for application on the affected areas. Always make sure that you also understand the application process which is mentioned in the prescription label or the package.

What is the purpose of Benzoyl in beauty products?

When applied to the skin, benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria found in pimples by drying out the infection and cutting down harmful bacteria.

Who will most likely to benefit from benzoyl peroxide?

Anyone that suffers from mild and severe acne can benefit from benzoyl peroxide. However, this powerful ingredient can cause side effects such as peeling, inflammation , itching and redness.

If you’re experiencing acne, get the products mentioned above or contact a skin specialist.

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