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a 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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AG607
price
R2300.00
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AG609
price
R2300.00
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AG618
price
R2300.00
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AG619
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R2300.00
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AG601
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R2300.00
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AG576
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R2300.00
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AG578
price
R2300.00
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AG581
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R2300.00
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AG583
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R2300.00
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AG585
price
R2300.00
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AG559
price
R2300.00
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AG507
price
R2300.00
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AG521 (2)
price
R2300.00
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AG535 (2)
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R2300.00
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AG538 (2)
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R2300.00
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AG545 (2)
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R2300.00
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AG546 (2)
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R2300.00
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AG652
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R2300.00
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AG659
price
R2300.00
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AG663
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R2300.00
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AG669
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R2300.00
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AG675
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R2300.00
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AG677
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R2300.00
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AG698
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R2300.00
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AG709
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R2300.00
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AG710
price
R2300.00
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AG712
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R2300.00
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AG714
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R2300.00
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AG677
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R2300.00
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AG719
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R2300.00
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AG721
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R2300.00
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AG724
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R2300.00
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AG725
price
R2300.00
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AG730
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R2300.00
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AG732
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R2300.00
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AG738
price
R2300.00
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AG740
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R2300.00
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AG741
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R2300.00
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AG747
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R2300.00
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AG750
price
R2300.00
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AG751
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R2300.00
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AG754
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R2300.00
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AG755
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R2300.00
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AG756
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R2300.00
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AG757
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R2300.00
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AG759
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R2300.00
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AG762
price
R2300.00
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AG766
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R2300.00
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AG768
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R2300.00
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AG769
price
R2300.00
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AG770
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R2300.00
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AG771
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R2300.00
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AG773
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R2300.00
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AG774
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R2300.00
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AG775
price
R2300.00
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AG776
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R2300.00
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AG777
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R2300.00
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AG778
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R2300.00
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AG780
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R2300.00
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AG781
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R2300.00
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AG782
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R2300.00
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AG783
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R2300.00
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AG785
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R2300.00
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AG786
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R2300.00
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AG787
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R2300.00
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AG788
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R2300.00
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AG789
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R2300.00
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AG791
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R2300.00
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AG792
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R2300.00
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AG794
price
R2300.00
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AG797
price
R2300.00
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AG798
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R2300.00
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AG800
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R2300.00
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AG806
price
R2300.00

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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