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In the mid-1800s, and on their travels into South Africa, German and Swiss settlers brought with them thick 100% cotton garments dyed in rich indigo colours that they called blaudruck, or blue print. The cotton material was supplied from India and the blue patterns created from natural dye extracted from the Indigofera Tinctoria plant. The plant is indigenous to a number of countries exposed to humid, tropical climates. At some point in history the Sotho royal family was given the material as a gift and it became extremely popular amongst the Basotho and Xhosa people who gradually incorporated it into their traditional dress. Later, a method of producing a synthetic dye was discovered and colours extended to browns and dark reds.
The name Shweshwe originated either from the swishing sound of the material or the fact that King Mashoeshoe wore the material. The Da Gama Textiles factory in King William’s Town owns the rights to manufacture... Show more
Luxurious and large, Villas are ideal for those wanting to self-cater with all the comforts and amenities of high-end accommodation. These usually include several bedrooms, with at least the master ensuite. The kitchen and living areas are fully equipped with top-of-the-range facilities; making it easy to whip-up quick holiday meals or go full gourmet should you choose to. The lounge will have a full entertainment system, including Dstv, and wifi can be expected. Due to the general size of the Villas, they are best suited to families, with older children, or small to medium groups of friends.