Apart from being one of the most beautiful cattle species on earth, Nguni hides are very popular amongst craftsmen within the skin and leather industry to manufacture wallets, shoes, belts, and other leather products.
Whether you’re an individual looking to transform your home into a heartwarming illustration of this cattle’s skins used as rugs, or you’re a manufacturer of any type of leather goods, we can supply you with AA-grade Nguni skins sourced from the best tanneries in Southern Africa.
A Little History…
The Nguni cows strain is unique to Southern Africa. A hybrid of distinct Indian and later European cattle breeds, they were introduced by Bantu-speaking tribes during their migration from the north of the continent to Southern Africa. The cows breed is medium-sized and adapted to grazing on the Highveld.
Nguni cattle are known for their fertility and resistance to ailments, being the favourite breed amongst the local Bantu-speaking people of southern Africa (South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Angola). They’re characterised by their multi-coloured skin, which can present a variety of patterns, but their noses are black-tipped. They’re a primary variant of Sanga cows, which originated as hybrids of humpless and Zebu cattle in East Africa. Besides the various colour patterns, these creatures present many different horn contours. A South African herdmaster catalogued in the beginning of the century all distinct mixes.
The Xhosa, Zulu, and Swazi people brought the ancestors of Nguni cows, during their migration to Southern Africa between 1400 and 600 AD. Since that time, these creatures have played an important economic and societal function in the growth of these societies and are used as a bride’s dowry. The amount of animals held by person or a hamlet discovered much of their value to the remaining part of the world. King Shaka of the Zulus comprehended this economical and ethnic significance and assumed control of the Nguni herds on his dominions. Shaka also bred the Ngunis according to colour designs to create hides for the several regiments of his military, henceforth understood by them. Pure white recognised his top-notch private guard, from creatures of the royal herd, the inyonikayiphumuli.
The colour of those strains of cows have a variety of shades and designs, like white, brown, gold yellow, black, dappled, or spotty. These can be divided into three main groups, namely Brown/White, Black/White and Tri-Coloured.
We are proud suppliers and distributors of AA-grade Nguni skins throughout Southern Africa, neighbouring countries and abroad:
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* Exclusive Leather & Skins offers skins and leathers in various colours. Our colour samples are for illustration purposes only, and the natural, bona fide nature of every skin is exceptional and are relative. Regrettably, we cannot replace or refund any item after it has been cut. We don’t have control over all procedures involved in the manufacturing of the upholstery leathers or tanning of the skins, but constantly strive towards delivering a product that’s as close as possible to its natural state.
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