The term "cache-sexe" refers to a covering for the female genitals.
In this case, "cache-sexe" appears to be the term used in those areas of the African continent that were colonized by the French, such as the region from western Mali to southern Cameroon.
Cache-sexe are used throughout much of West Africa and parts of East Asia, where the term modesty apron is more commonly used.
Cache-sexe are constructed of a variety of materials including woven fabric, leather, beads, leaves, and metals.
For example, cache-sexe created by the Kirdi (Fulani) women in northern Cameroon are skirts beaded with a fantastic range of colors.
Cache-sexe are worn low on the hip and tied with a cord.
The cache-sexe can be traced to the Paleolithic period, where stone carvings of fecund women, such as the Venus of Lespugue, depict panels of string fore and aft.
One of the oldest African examples of cache-sexe is described as a girdle from twelfth-century Mali.
Cache-sexe appear to be exclusive to females.
When and how a woman wears a cache-sexe varies from society to society.
Female informants report that protection from the environment is the main reason they wear cache-sexe.
Articles of dress with ritual power, such as the cache-sexe, are used to protect, if not actually conceal, the lower body against evil.
Like the penis sheath, one function of the cache-sexe was thought to be modesty.
Not wearing a cache-sexe is a visible statement of a woman's inability or unwillingness to participate in social interaction, as when ill or in mourning.
"The Beaded Cache-Sexe of Northern Cameroon."
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