This ‘Phuthi’ Postman Bag in Diesel Brown Leather is made from 100% South African Cow Leather and has a multicolour tribal design cotton weave fabric insert on the front. 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 Postman Bag is lined with an original South African Shweshwe fabric for comfort and style, with a raw fold over flap, antique brass fittings and an adjustable shoulder strap. There is also a zip pocket on the back with a durable metal zip and slider. The Postman Bag is great for travelling and going to meeting as it’s the perfect size all all the essential items. All NAVA Apparel bags are handmade by local South African craftswomen.
Artist Inspiration: The Phuthi Collection is designed for the brave, independent explorer who will survive the ages of time through his / her strength and determination. Traditional values should never be forgotten. Remember who you are and where you come from. The ebaPhuthi (Phuthi people) were among the first Bantu-speaking people to arrive in present-day Lesotho, where they came in contact and intermarried with the autochthon hunter-gatherer communities of southern Africa, commonly referred to as San. The Phuthi nation was formed in the early nineteenth century and consolidated under the leadership of their king, Murena Moorosi. Most ebaPhuthi live in rural areas in Quthing and Qacha’s Nek, the most marginalised and least developed districts of Lesotho. Boys are expected to herd livestock and girls to contribute to domestic work and childcare.
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 quilting fabric.