NAVA Apparel’s ‘Xhosa‘ backpack in diesel toffee leather has a multi colour 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 therefor has an antique brass buckle belt strap and leather draw string which close 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.
‘Xhosa’ is a Bantu ethnic tribe of Southern Africa living in south-east South Africa, and in the last two centuries throughout the southern and central-southern parts of the country. The Xhosa people are divided into several tribes with related yet distinct heritages. The main tribes are the Mpondo, Mpondomise, Bomvana, Xesibe, and Thembu. In addition, the Bhaca and Mfengu have adopted the Xhosa language. The name “Xhosa” comes from that of a legendary leader called uXhosa. There is also a fringe theory that, prior to that, the name xhosa came from a word meaning “fierce” or “angry” in some San language. The Xhosa refer to themselves as the amaXhosa, and to their language as isiXhosa. Presently approximately 8 million Xhosa are distributed across the country, and the Xhosa language is South Africa’s second-most-populous home language, after Zulu, to which Xhosa is closely related.