NAVA Apparel’s ‘Ndebele‘ backpack in diesel brown leather has a multicolour tribal design cotton weave on the front. The interior of the backpack is lined with an original South African Shweshwe fabric for strength and style. The backpack has been designed to avoid theft and therefore has an antique brass buckle belt strap and a leather drawstring which closes the bag and ties up behind your back. Also fitted with a hidden nylon zip pocket on the back for your personal belongings. This is not just another backpack but a backpack with a purpose. All NAVA Apparel bags are handmade by local South African craftswomen.
‘Ndebele’ is a Bantu nation and ethnic group in Southern Africa, who share a common Ndebele culture and Ndebele language. The Northern Ndebele were historically referred to as the Matabele which was a European corruption of ‘Ndebele’. Their history began when a Zulu chiefdom split from King Shaka in the early 18th century under the leadership of Mzilikazi, a former chief in his kingdom and ally. Under his command the disgruntled Zulus went on to conquer and rule the chiefdoms of the Southern Ndebele. This was where the name and identity of the eventual kingdom was adopted.