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Designed by African artists and sustainably and ethically crafted in South Africa – where it empowers underserved communities with well-paid jobs – it’s inspired by the Xhosa people, who traditionally feature black and white stripes in their textiles.
The blanket is soft and beautiful, and every purchase provides clean water to 30 children. “Thula Tula” means “hush hush,” and they’re the words to a lullaby African mothers sing to their children, making it no surprise that this comforting blanket will help her sleep like a baby.
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Xhosa pronounced with a clicking sound [kǁʰɔ́ːsa] (
listen) are an Nguni ethnic group that live mostly in Southern Africa and whose homeland is primarily the eastern cape of South Africa. There is also a significant amount of Xhosa in Zimbabwe.
The Xhosa nation is made up of two subtribes the main tribes are amaGcaleka and amaRharhabe. There are approximately 8 million Xhosa spread across South Africa and the Xhosa language is the the second most spoken language in South Africa behind Zulu, Xhosa is closely related to Zulu.
There are many many famous Xhosa no more so than the late great Nelson Mandela. Other more well known Xhosa include Desmond Tutu, Trevor Noah and Various high profile South African sportsmen (Including Siya Kolisi the South African world cup winning rugby captain) and women among others.
The Xhosa stripe in inspired by the stripes of timeless Xhosa clothing and blankets. Unique to the Xhosa people, the predominant use of black and white in their designs is steeped in tradition. Cultural rituals are symbolic through every stage of life and development for the Xhosa people, such as knowing one’s Isiduko (clan). This is considered so important that when two strangers meet for the first time, the first identity that gets shared is Isiduko. This forms the origins of ubuntu (human kindness), a behavior synonymous with this nation, as extending a helping hand to a complete stranger when in need. It is also the roots of the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”.
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