Pleated leather skirts were traditionally worn by women who were married or betrothed. The Zulu incorporate new materials and articles into their garments as they become available. The plastic strips on this skirt and the green plastic beads on the belt were probably later additions.
The pleats of this skirt are stitched together and gathered under a waist band ornamented with metal buttons, cotton tufts and green plastic beads. Below the waist band, the skirt is covered with four layered cloth panels each ending in a band of beaded multi-colored geometric patterns. Ten leather strips edged with glass beads hang from the center of the skirt; four plastic strips edged with beads hang from the sides.