Definition of riem in English:


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Pronunciation: /rɪm
, riːm/
(also riempie /ˈrɪmpi, ˈriːmpi/)

noun (plural riems or riempies)

South African
  • A strip of rawhide or worked leather, used as a rope or in making chairs and other furniture.
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    • Smith says the riempie chair is to an extent a symbol of his own culture or tribe, ‘an object of craft or design which presents an opportunity to deconstruct, reinterpret and reassemble’.
    • The waentjies had functioning disselbooms, jukke and skeie complete with carefully cut riempies spantoue for inspanning the oxen.
    • There are 230 drummers, mostly banging on riempie drums, with a core unit of 15 bigger djembe drums carrying the sound.



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