Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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girl's cache-sexe (pubic covering)
  • Sotho peoples
  • girl's cache-sexe (pubic covering), circa 1960
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • string, grass, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 9 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width: 3 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3370

The sash consists of openwork beading with a wide segment of fringe at one end and was worn as a cache-sexe. A long bundle of grasses, wrapped with string is the anchor for the openwork beading and fringed segment. The top of the bundle is decorated with large blocks of black or light blue beads. There are loops at either end, for closure.

The openwork beading has a band of light blue and black beads . There is a band of red and white under that, then black and light blue, then a narrower band of red and white.

The fringed section is started with a segment of black and dark blue openwork beading continuous with the top band of openwork beading. The rest of the fringe forms a large checkerboard of light blue and black, with bands of white and black travelling horizontally between the block and at the bottom of the fringe.