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... Read More

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