This ‘Rust Brown Nguni’ Laptop Bag is made from 100% South African Diesel Brown Cow Leather with a Nguni Cowhide section inserted on the front, which has a Rust Brown speckled effect. Our Diesel Leather is buffed, coated in oil and then burned through an ironing press to achieve the effect. Once in use, the oil disperses into the hide, softening the leather from the inside out. This creates a 2 tone distress appearance with a soft velvet touch. The interior of the laptop bag is lined with an original South African Shweshwe fabric for your laptop’s comfort and style, with a durable nylon zip, antique brass fittings and an adjustable shoulder strap. There is also a zip pocket on the back for other accessories. All NAVA Apparel bags are handmade by local South African craftswomen.
Nguni hides have become a very sort after home decor accessory throughout the world. The Nguni cattle originate from the hills of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa and Nguni cattle get their name from the different tribes of Southern Africa. These cattle have been past down from generation to generation of traditional Africans and is the traditional way to tell the wealth of a tribe or tribesman. The Nguni skins are found with a combination of different black, brown and white patterns and no two will ever be the same. The marking on a Nguni hides is the same as a fingerprint is to a human and the traditional Zulu’s are able to tell his cattle by these patterns.
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.