African Woman and Child

Throughout the world, methods of carrying babies have developed regionally as a result of climate, resources, and other cultural factors.  Across Africa, women can be seen carrying sleeping or sometimes giggling babies on their backs, swathed in cloth.  This iconic approach not only provides a freer range of movement for the mother, but also allows for greater comfort for the child.  Pictured below is an African woman carrying her child on her back in typical South African fashion.  The cloth is tied on top of the breasts and draped straight along the back.

African Woman and Child 1

By Daniella Fodera


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