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Did You Know: The Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania has inspired this unique Plaid Tartan Throw. With a timeless history steeped in tradition and culture, these warriors of the great African savannah are recognized by the unique shape of the shield and matching symbolic headgear.
The Maasai plaid tartan throw is called Shuka in their language, which appropriately means "body wrapping" that is lightweight and so very comfortable, making this red and old royal throw ideal to wrap around your shoulders when you need a warm embrace to lift your spirit.
Maasai shuka cloth is primarily red, with blue, green, and black being the other prominent colors.
Most designs are typically square tartan by nature, but some have a striped pattern.
The original red and blue checked "Guinea Cloth" from West Africa originates from Maasai Shuka cloth, yet there was a strong Scottish influence in East Africa in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Red is primarily worn by the warriors and represents blood which signifies the unity of the tribe and their courage, strength, and protection from predators.
Green is for the land which nourishes their cattle, yellow is for the sun that makes life possible, and orange depicts hospitality, friendship, and the generosity of the Maasai.
Contemporary designs and color combinations still reflect Maasai traditional values.
Historically, the Maasai coming of age ritual required a young warrior to earn respect and acknowledgment of the tribe by hunting and bringing down a lion, but this is no longer.
The Maasai have now become lion guardians. They have learned to live with the lions of East Africa, and this amplifies their reverence and respect for all living creatures of the wild.
Maasai plaid tartan throws are durable, a standard that has always been non-negotiable, making these magnificent throws ideal for indoor and outdoor use, and as a bonus, they are pet and child-friendly.
Modern-day Maasai plaid tartan throws can be popped into the washing machine using a cold, gentle wash cycle and then line dried.
Spills can be wiped down with a soft, damp cloth to avoid potential staining.
The Maasai plaid tartan throw is sustainably and ethically made in South Africa.
They are hypoallergenic microfiber throws with a single-faced dobby weave.
An important point to note is that no toxic dyes or chemicals are used to create these fine works of art that keep on delivering.
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