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Africa | In the early 1970s Jean Broster and Alice Mertens collaborated on African Elegance, a book which set out to ‘describe in photographs and words the beauty of the tribal people of the Transkei’. The Transkei was a former independent territory of South Africa during Apartheid.  Photo taken out of this book.

Image included in the publication "African Elegance" by Alice Mertens & Joan Broster. Published by Purnell in

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Image included in the publication "African Elegance" by Alice Mertens & Joan Broster. Published by Purnell in

Married Ntwane women wearing beaded back skirts called Ntepa at a local celebration.  Mpumalanga, South Africa.

South Africa - Married Ntwane women wearing beaded back skirts called Ntepa at a local celebration.

In the early 1970s Jean Broster and Alice Mertens collaborated on African Elegance, a book which set out to ‘describe in photographs and words the beauty of the tribal people of the Transkei’. The Transkei was a former independent territory of South Africa during Apartheid.

African Elegance by Alice Mertens and Joan Broster records the costumes, beadwork and customs of Xhosa tribal life in the Transkei region

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A Bonda tribal woman from the hill regions of Orissa, India, in her traditional wear.

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