This ‘Khoisan’ Backpack in Texas Black Leather is made from a 100% South African Cow Leather and has a multi colour tribal design cotton weave on the front. The interior of the backpack is lined with an original South African Shweshwe fabric for strength and style. The backpack has been designed to avoid theft and therefor has an antique brass buckle belt strap and leather draw string which close the bag and ties up behind your back. Also fitted with a hidden nylon zip pocket on the back for your personal belongings. This is not just another backpack but a backpack with a purpose. All NAVA Apparel bags are handmade by local South African craftswomen.
Artist Inspiration: The Khoisan Collection is designed for the free spirited wanderers who chose to live from the land. Those who live in harmony with nature like the Kalahari Bushman. This was the inspiration behind the Khoisan Collection. It’s tribal, it’s wild but yet peaceful and harmonious. Wearing pieces from this collection must be respected as the Khoisan are the original native South African’s who still roam the lands, driven to the deserts by those who think they know better, in search for a place of their own, where they can live in peace and be one with mother earth. I think it’s time we learn from them rather than always trying to change their ways.
Shweshwe is a printed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing. Originally dyed indigo, the fabric is manufactured in a variety of colours and printing designs characterised by intricate geometric patterns. Due to its popularity, shweshwe has been described as the denim or tartan of South Africa. Shweshwe is traditionally used to make dresses, skirts, aprons and wraparound clothing. Shweshwe clothing is traditionally worn by newly married Xhosa women, known as makoti, and married Sotho women. Xhosa women have also incorporated the fabric into their traditional ochre-coloured blanket clothing. Aside from traditional wear, shweshwe is used in contemporary South African fashion design for women and men from all ethnic groups, as well as for making accessories and upholstery. It is also used in the United States as a quilting fabric.