Felt blankets were first introduced to South Africa by the missionaries to attire the natives, who would have worn very little, in a suitably Christian way. However, blankets came to be adapted by some of the populace. For instance, the blanket shown was made by a member of the Southern Nguni clan. It would have been originally white and without the embellishments. The blanket is one in a collection at the Iziko South African National Gallery.


  • Title: uMbalo blanket, detail
  • Creator: Southern Nguni
  • Location Created: South Africa
  • Provenance: South Africa
  • Fashion Show: Social Fabric felt/feel project part 1
  • Type: photograph, of blanket
  • Photographer: Yasmin Hankel
  • Original Source: Carol Kaufmann
  • Rights: Social Fabric
  • Medium: blanket made in England, beads, animal skins, ochre, blood

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