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aa grade nguni hides

our nguni hides are classed in aa, a 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 exclude vat.

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AA1514
price
R2500.00
code
AA1582
price
R2500.00
code
AA1604
price
R2500.00
code
AA1613
price
R2500.00
code
AA1620
price
R2500.00
code
AA1638
price
R2500.00
code
AA1648
price
R2500.00
code
AA1664
price
R2500.00
code
AA1666
price
R2500.00
code
AA1668
price
R2500.00
code
AA1693
price
R2500.00
code
AA1696
price
R2500.00
code
AA1698
price
R2500.00
code
AA1705
price
R2500.00
code
AA1762
price
R2500.00
code
AA1763
price
R2500.00
code
AA1771
price
R2500.00
code
AA1772
price
R2500.00
code
AA1783
price
R2500.00
code
AA1798
price
R2500.00
code
AA1800
price
R2500.00
code
AA1804
price
R2500.00
code
AA1810
price
R2500.00
code
AA1812
price
R2500.00
code
AA1822
price
R2500.00
code
AA1827
price
R2500.00
code
AA1829
price
R2500.00
code
AA1831
price
R2500.00
code
AA1833
price
R2500.00
code
AA1839
price
R2500.00
code
AA1841
price
R2500.00
code
AA1845
price
R2500.00
code
AA1848
price
R2500.00
code
AA1850
price
R2500.00
code
AA1853
price
R2500.00
code
AA1854
price
R2500.00
code
AA1855
price
R2500.00
code
AA1856
price
R2500.00
code
AA1859
price
R2500.00
code
AA1860
price
R2500.00
code
AA1865
price
R2500.00
code
AA1868
price
R2500.00
code
AA1870
price
R2500.00
code
AA1875
price
R2500.00
code
AA1876
price
R2500.00
code
AA1877
price
R2500.00
code
AA1879
price
R2500.00
code
AA1880
price
R2500.00
code
AA1881
price
R2500.00
code
AA1900
price
R2500.00
code
AA1902
price
R2500.00
code
AA1903
price
R2500.00
code
AA1904
price
R2500.00
code
AA1905
price
R2500.00
code
AA1907
price
R2500.00
code
AA1908
price
R2500.00
code
AA1909
price
R2500.00
code
AA1910
price
R2500.00
code
AA1911
price
R2500.00
code
AA1912
price
R2500.00
code
AA1914
price
R2500.00
code
AA1915
price
R2500.00
code
AA1916
price
R2500.00
code
AA1918
price
R2500.00
code
AA1919
price
R2500.00
code
AA1920
price
R2500.00
code
AA1921
price
R2500.00
code
AA1922
price
R2500.00
code
AA1923
price
R2500.00
code
AA1924
price
R2500.00
code
AA1925
price
R2500.00
code
AA1926
price
R2500.00
code
AA1927
price
R2500.00
code
AA1928
price
R2500.00
code
AA1929
price
R2500.00
code
AA1930
price
R2500.00
code
AA1931
price
R2500.00
code
AA1932
price
R2500.00
code
AA1933
price
R2500.00
code
AA1934
price
R2500.00
code
AA1935
price
R2500.00
code
AA1936
price
R2500.00
code
AA1937
price
R2500.00
code
AA1939
price
R2500.00
code
AA1940
price
R2500.00
code
AA1941
price
R2500.00
code
AA1942
price
R2500.00
code
AA1943
price
R2500.00
code
AA1944
price
R2500.00
code
AA1945
price
R2500.00
code
AA1946
price
R2500.00
code
AA1947
price
R2500.00
code
AA1948
price
R2500.00
code
AA1950
price
R2500.00
code
AA1951
price
R2500.00
code
AA1952
price
R2500.00
code
AA1953
price
R2500.00
code
AA1954
price
R2500.00
code
AA1955
price
R2500.00
code
AA1957
price
R2500.00
code
AA1958
price
R2500.00
code
AA1962
price
R2500.00
code
AA1963
price
R2500.00
code
AA1964
price
R2500.00
code
AA1965
price
R2500.00
code
AA1966
price
R2500.00
code
AA1967
price
R2500.00
code
AA1968
price
R2500.00
code
AA1969
price
R2500.00
code
AA1970
price
R2500.00
code
AA1971
price
R2500.00
code
AA1972
price
R2500.00
code
AA1974
price
R2500.00
code
AA1975
price
R2500.00
code
AA1976
price
R2500.00

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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