This is a picture of Swazi girls who had to where tassels that symbolizd chastity as part of a sex ban imposed by their King. The ban was started by the king in 2001 to fight the spread of HIV/Aids. Some 40% of Swazi citizens are HIV positive.
In August 2005 women protested the wearing of these tassels and burned 1000's of them. Reminds me when women in the US burned their bra's in the 60's. You can read more about this subject http://news.bbc.co.uk/l/low/world/africa/4175854.stm
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Through this site I hope to make others aware of the different uses of tassels in othere cultures and other times. If anyone comes across something interesting, please feel free to share. You can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I shall post it.
Food for thought....... Every tassel is made by someone. They are all made by hand, sometimes with the help of a machine but there is no machine that can make a tassel from beginning to end without the help of human hands!