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Shweshwe cotton – from missionaries to Kings and presidents

By on Dec 15, 2014 in Our shop, South Africa | 4 comments

Shweshwe is a type of fabric that is so popular in South Africa that it is also known as “South African denim”. This printed cotton calico cloth was first introduced into South African culture in 1840 by French missionaries who gave the King of Lesotho, King Moshoeshoe, some of the cloth. He loved it and soon the garments made from this cloth was in high demand. People say that the name Shweshwe was derived from the King’s name: Moshoshoe. The other possible origin of the name is said to come form the whispering sound the cloth makes when it is worn as a long skirt. If you say it out loud you’ll understand how it sounds like a whisper. Traditionally this cloth was used to make clothing for newly married Xhosa women as well as for married Sotho women, but recently the fabric has become so popular that it is also used for contemporary clothing, upholstery and quilting. The cloth is...

Cape Town – our Mother city

By on Dec 8, 2014 in South Africa | 1 comment

Everything about Cape Town is vibrant. From the shimmering blue sky and the sometimes gale force southeaster wind, to the people and the way they dress and speak. While Cape Town is a vibrant place, it somehow never feels like a real city, as there is an almost constant holiday atmosphere in the city. Perhaps the holiday atmosphere comes from the closeness of the ocean and the salt you can smell on the air, or perhaps it comes from the busloads of happy German and Chinese tourists that stroll the streets of the city with their enormous cameras slung around their necks. It is also possible that the Mother city’s laid back atmosphere comes from her locals. Most locals are significantly more relaxed than their counterparts in Johannesburg and Pretoria. People in the Mother city drive slower, they go to work later, they go to the beach for touch rugby or sun downers after work and they...

Endless sands

By on Dec 2, 2014 in South Africa | 2 comments

Last week I spent some proper down time with my mom at a small fishing town on South Africa’s west coast. If I thought Stellenbosch was empty compared to China, then Lambert’s Bay is  ghost town. I guess it helps that we went there out of season! We spent our days walking along the beaches which stretch for miles, sitting in loungers staring at the ocean, napping and of course eating. Sometimes I read a bit although not to often to strain my brain at all! It was a lovely relaxing week and it set the scene for some deep relaxation techniques I’m busy practicing now. One of the pregnancy books I have says you should aim to be able to breathe in for a count of 20 and out for a count of 20 for labour – and trust me this is a lot harder than it sounds! The best thing about our beach get away was that the long South African holiday isn’t anywhere near over yet,...

People will never forget

By on Nov 27, 2014 in Inspiration - Thoughtful Thursdays | 1 comment

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Getting lost in the details

By on Nov 24, 2014 in Musings | 1 comment

As I become older I become more aware of my short comings and bad habits. This year has been a particular rollercoaster of self discovery for me. Now that we are expecting a baby I’ve found that I am suddenly trying to experience myself through the senses of a child – you learn quite a lot about yourself that way! Of course with 2014 drawing to a close now I am also thinking of what goals I would like to set for 2015. 2014 was great for me in terms of the goals I set last year this time, they were nice, achievable, concrete goals and as such they all were achieved. I’d like to do the same thing for next year, but this time I want to focus less on life in general and more on me. I have a terrible habit of being reactive and of getting stuck in the details of a task or an event. For instance, when a Red Buffalo Trading order comes in over a weekend I am like a tornado through the...

Hunches

By on Nov 20, 2014 in Inspiration - Thoughtful Thursdays | 0 comments

Trust your hunches.
They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.

Dr. Joyce Brothers