"The Vutwamini Maidens (Vutwamini means "Those who ripen at noon" - also the name of a luscious wild fruit) were a 3000 strong regiment of young maidens founded by Shaka in 1818. They wore a four inch wide fringed girdle made of dried fig leaves, along with a bracelet or two and sometimes a string of beads around the neck. That and their weapons, that's it. Daughters of chiefs, headmen or wealthy fathers wore, instead of the fig leaf girdle, a three-inch by two-inch patch of beads suspended by a string around the hips. More of a parade regiment than a true fighting unit, and they also carried out some support duties (scavenging and carrying goods captured when a village was wiped out."