This is a knee length skirt typically worn by Xitsonga women. A lot of people have shown interest on how to correctly wear this skirt.
Traditionally, it is worn around the waist for dance purposes. However, some Tsonga women have been spotted wearing it differently yet interesting. We believe the idea is to make it an everyday wear and not an item only taken out for special occasions. Take a look at the ladies below.
May’buye Azanaia Ntimane from Ka-Mageva, Limpopo
Ntimane whose name can be loosely translated as May’buye iAfrica hails from Mageva, a small village in Giyani. She is wearing Xibelani as an off-the shoulder top. Wondering why it looks so small? It’s because it belongs to her daughter, Amani who is also an ambassador of Halama Ink Media. Very creative!
Hlulani Masingi from Ka-Mhinga, Limpopo
The Founder of Shangazine describes her everyday style as bold and eccentric. Xibelani is the most versatile clothing item she has, “you can wear it as a skirt, a top and a dress depending on how long it is. You can also wear it to any occasion whether Xitsonga-related or not, you just need to be creative,” says Hlulani.
While some people may think Sho Madjozi wears her Xibelani over her shoulders for music videos, stage performances or photoshoot purposes; she is no stranger to this trend.
There’s also some non-Xitsonga peeps who have been wearing Xibelani…
Kgosi Modisane based in Bryanston, Johannesburg
Kgosi also known as @krayzik on social media is a lifestyle and entertainment writer. He was spotted at the 134th edition of the Sun Met that took place on 27 January 2018 wearing Xitsonga regalia.
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