Nguni Handbags


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The Zulu people of Southern Africa saw the majesty and resilience of the Nguni cattle when they traded with them over 2000 years ago. They respected their cattle so much that they seldom used them for their meat. Instead, they drank the milk that the cows provided and used their dung to plaster huts and feed fires. Whilst Nguni leather is unusually thick and resistant to the environment, the hair on these beautiful hides is soft and luxurious. The hides were used in clothing, warrior shields and homestead items.

Each hide is unique in its exclusive features. The colours and patterns of the Nguni hides stirred the poetic heart of the Zulu people. It was natural that, living very close to nature, the Zulu people compared the Nguni hide to animals, insects, objects and plants which had similar colours and patterns. Naming was important for classification and has survived for centuries, initially only by story-telling among the Zulu people. For this reason, each of the patterns has a Zulu name.

Today, we pay homage to the rich history and respect for the Nguni cattle through meticulously selecting only the highest quality materials and leather to manufacture our unique, custom designed handbags. We select our partners by a shared vision of value, authenticity and sustainability, and in the process contribute to the economic empowerment of the woman who manufactures these exotic Nguni Handbags.


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