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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.

code
AA1638
price
R2500.00
code
AA1668
price
R2500.00
code
AA1763
price
R2500.00
code
AA2117
price
R2500.00
code
AA2239
price
R2500.00
code
AA2242
price
R2500.00
code
AA2246
price
R2500.00
code
AA2274
price
R2500.00
code
AA2278
price
R2500.00
code
AA2280
price
R2500.00
code
AA2297
price
R2500.00
code
AA2301
price
R2500.00
code
AA2303
price
R2500.00
code
AA2319
price
R2500.00
code
AA2397
price
R2500.00
code
AA2401
price
R2500.00
code
AA2428
price
R2500.00
code
AA2444
price
R2500.00
code
AA2446
price
R2500.00
code
AA2471
price
R2500.00
code
AA2481
price
R2500.00
code
AA2512
price
R2500.00
code
AA2515
price
R2500.00
code
AA2559
price
R2500.00
code
AA2560
price
R2500.00
code
AA2577
price
R2500.00
code
AA2587
price
R2500.00
code
AA2593
price
R2500.00
code
AA2597
price
R2500.00
code
AA2599
price
R2500.00
code
AA2600
price
R2500.00
code
AA2603
price
R2500.00
code
AA2612
price
R2500.00
code
AA2613
price
R2500.00
code
AA2615
price
R2500.00
code
AA2616
price
R2500.00
code
AA2617
price
R2500.00
code
AA2618
price
R2500.00
code
AA2619
price
R2500.00
code
AA2622
price
R2500.00
code
AA2628
price
R2500.00
code
AA2629
price
R2500.00
code
AA2630
price
R2500.00
code
AA2631
price
R2500.00
code
AA2633
price
R2500.00
code
AA2634
price
R2500.00
code
AA2637
price
R2500.00
code
AA2638
price
R2500.00
code
AA2640
price
R2500.00
code
AA2642
price
R2500.00
code
AA2643
price
R2500.00
code
AA2645
price
R2500.00
code
AA2646
price
R2500.00
code
AA2647
price
R2500.00
code
AA2650
price
R2500.00
code
AA2652
price
R2500.00
code
AA2655
price
R2500.00
code
AA2656
price
R2500.00
code
AA2658
price
R2500.00
code
AA2659
price
R2500.00
code
AA2660
price
R2500.00
code
AA2661
price
R2500.00
code
AA2663
price
R2500.00
code
AA2664
price
R2500.00
code
AA2665
price
R2500.00
code
AA2666
price
R2500.00
code
AA2667
price
R2500.00
code
AA2669
price
R2500.00
code
AA2671
price
R2500.00
code
AA2672
price
R2500.00
code
AA2675
price
R2500.00
code
AA2676
price
R2500.00
code
AA2678
price
R2500.00
code
AA2683
price
R2500.00
code
AA2687
price
R2500.00
code
AA2690
price
R2500.00
code
AA2692
price
R2500.00
code
AA2693
price
R2500.00
code
AA2694
price
R2500.00
code
AA2695
price
R2500.00
code
AA2703
price
R2500.00
code
AA2704
price
R2500.00
code
AA2712
price
R2500.00
code
AA2716
price
R2500.00
code
AA2717
price
R2500.00
code
AA2720
price
R2500.00
code
AA2723
price
R2500.00
code
AA2726
price
R2500.00
code
AA2727
price
R2500.00
code
AA2728
price
R2500.00
code
AA2733
price
R2500.00
code
AA2740
price
R2500.00
code
AA2744
price
R2500.00
code
AA2746
price
R2500.00
code
AA2748
price
R2500.00
code
AA2749
price
R2500.00
code
AA2750
price
R2500.00
code
AA2751
price
R2500.00
code
AA2752
price
R2500.00
code
AA2754
price
R2500.00
code
AA2759
price
R2500.00
code
AA2761
price
R2500.00
code
AA2763
price
R2500.00
code
AA2765
price
R2500.00
code
AA2768
price
R2500.00
code
AA2773
price
R2500.00
code
AA2778
price
R2500.00
code
AA2779
price
R2500.00
code
AA2782
price
R2500.00
code
AA2783
price
R2500.00
code
AA2787
price
R2500.00
code
AA2788
price
R2500.00
code
AA2789
price
R2500.00
code
AA2794
price
R2500.00
code
AA2796
price
R2500.00
code
AA2798
price
R2500.00
code
AA2800
price
R2500.00
code
AA2801
price
R2500.00
code
AA2805
price
R2500.00
code
AA2807
price
R2500.00
code
AA2808
price
R2500.00
code
AA2811
price
R2500.00
code
AA2816
price
R2500.00
code
AA2818
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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