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aa grade nguni hides ●

our nguni hides are classed in tri colour, aa grade, a grade and b grade.

  • aa hides are skins that are ideal for ottomans, furniture and floor rugs. they have very few flaws.
  • a grade have one or two patches or markings, ideal for floor rugs.
  • b grade have flaws and are best used for cutting up for the making of products.

to give our customers an idea of each hide size, we have photographed each skin on a 2.1m x 2.1m board.

all prices shown include vat.

freight charges for nguni hides anywhere in south africa are included in the price shown.

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AA2995
price
R3100.00
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AA3509
price
R3100.00
code
AA3538
price
R3100.00
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AA3539
price
R3100.00
code
AA3603
price
R3100.00
code
AA3604
price
R3100.00
code
AA3617
price
R3100.00
code
AA3622
price
R3100.00
code
AA3627
price
R3100.00
code
AA3629
price
R3100.00
code
AA3633
price
R3100.00
code
AA3641
price
R3100.00
code
AA3644
price
R3100.00
code
AA3645
price
R3100.00
code
AA3648
price
R3100.00
code
AA3659
price
R3100.00
code
AA3662
price
R3100.00
code
AA3663
price
R3100.00
code
AA3665
price
R3100.00
code
AA3681
price
R3100.00
code
AA3682
price
R3100.00
code
AA3691
price
R3100.00
code
AA3717
price
R3100.00
code
AA3721
price
R3100.00
code
AA3722
price
R3100.00
code
AA3723
price
R3100.00
code
AA3724
price
R3100.00
code
AA3725
price
R3100.00
code
AA3727
price
R3100.00
code
AA3728
price
R3100.00
code
AA3729
price
R3100.00
code
AA3732
price
R3100.00
code
AA3734
price
R3100.00
code
AA3735
price
R3100.00
code
AA3736
price
R3100.00
code
AA3737
price
R3100.00
code
AA3738
price
R3100.00
code
AA3741
price
R3100.00
code
AA3743
price
R3100.00
code
AA3746
price
R3100.00
code
AA3747
price
R3100.00
code
AA3748
price
R3100.00
code
AA3750
price
R3100.00
code
AA3751
price
R3100.00
code
AA3753
price
R3100.00
code
AA3755
price
R3100.00
code
AA3756
price
R3100.00
code
AA3757
price
R3100.00
code
AA3758
price
R3100.00
code
AA3761
price
R3100.00
code
AA3762
price
R3100.00
code
AA3763
price
R3100.00
code
AA3764
price
R3100.00
code
AA3765
price
R3100.00
code
AA3766
price
R3100.00
code
AA3768
price
R3100.00
code
AA3770
price
R3100.00
code
AA3771
price
R3100.00
code
AA3773
price
R3100.00
code
AA3774
price
R3100.00
code
AA3775
price
R3100.00
code
AA3778
price
R3100.00
code
AA3784
price
R3100.00
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AA3786
price
R3100.00
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AA3788
price
R3100.00
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AA3789
price
R3100.00
code
AA3790
price
R3100.00
code
AA3791
price
R3100.00
code
AA3792
price
R3100.00
code
AA3794
price
R3100.00
code
AA3795
price
R3100.00
code
AA3796
price
R3100.00
code
AA3797
price
R3100.00
code
AA3798
price
R3100.00
code
AA3799
price
R3100.00
code
AA3800
price
R3100.00
code
AA3801
price
R3100.00
code
AA3802
price
R3100.00
code
AA3803
price
R3100.00
code
AA3804
price
R3100.00
code
AA3805
price
R3100.00
code
AA3806
price
R3100.00

the nguni breed are the traditional breed of the zulu nation and have strong associations both in name and in physical attributes to their surroundings on the plains of kwazulu-natal and zululand. these cattle are amongst some of the toughest breeds, being able to survive extremes in climate as well as, at times, very limited and tough grass.

cattle are a strong feature in zulu culture and considered a measurement of wealth: the more cattle a man owns, the wealthier he is considered. an example of the value attributed to cattle is their location in the village when brought in from the veld. to ensure the cattle's safety and to protect them from both wild animals as well as other raiding tribes, they were placed in a fenced enclosure in the centre of the village which was surrounded by the huts.

nguni hides are an assortment of rich colours and patterns. the more dominant colours being black, white, brown and in less common instances, a combination of all three or dun (also known as yellow). each of the varying hide patterns has a name closely associated to an animal, bird, plant or other natural wonder. although it is not necessarily limited to this natural association for example, on the odd occasion, a beast may be described by the pattern of the hide itself.

nguni hides are highly functional and are mostly used as "rugs" in homes and furniture coverings as they are both decorative and warm. in more recent times, hides have been used as cushion covers, handbags as well as in other household items.

dawnside farm is proud to share these hides and hide products with you and whilst this text offers a mere glimpse into the mystery and history of these animals, should you be interested in more detailed information, the book "the abundant herds: a celebration of the nguni cattle and the zulu people" by marguerite poland, david hammond-tooke and leigh voigt offers a unique and detailed insight into the zulu culture and the vital part the nguni cattle have in it.

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