NAVA Apparel’s ‘Ndebele’ Travel Bag in diesel brown leather has a multicolour tribal design cotton weave on the front and back. The interior of the bag is lined with an original South African Shweshwe fabric for strength and style. The travel bag is fitted with a durable nylon zip, leather strap and brass buckle to securely close the bag, as well as a smaller zip pocket inside for your personal belongings. The travel bag has as an adjustable leather shoulder strap for your comfort, with antique brass fittings and base studs to protect the bottom of the bag. This travel bag has been designed to hold the necessary items to be the perfect weekender bag as well as carry-on luggage for flights. All NAVA Apparel bags are handmade by highly skilled, local South African craftswomen, to whom we pay fair trade wages.
‘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.