Definition of riem in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪm/
(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.
Example sentences
  • 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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