Clothing is a key preoccupation and symbolic object in Tswana weddings. Clothes for the bride and her family are often requested as part of bridewealth (paid by the groom’s family to the family of the bride). The couple and their bridal party usually have at least two changes of clothes tailored – one formal, ‘white wedding’ style, and a second in ‘African print’. The bride’s malome, or mother’s brother, may also have a special dress made for her, in recognition of the share of bridewealth he receives. And after marriage, women wear pinned blankets and scarves as indicators of their new status.
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