Blankets from Africa


– Bio-degradable – naturally decomposes releasing nutrients back into the earth. 

– Naturally elastic and breathable 

– Gently stretches to fit and then returns to original shape.
– Resistant to odours and harmful U-V rays.

Stretching across Southern Africa is a vast semi-desert known as the Karoo, a mythical land of stark beauty, where life is slow and serene; where people and nature appreciate and embrace each other. Summers are hot and dry with Karoo winters bitterly cold. Rainfall is minimal but intense – all inhabitants in this climate need to understand protection and sharing. Ancient tribes roamed the plains of the Karoo, surviving on only what they could harvest from their hallowed surroundings, leaving enough for the land and others to share. In this tradition, women of Southern Africa have drawn on the fine natural wool shorn from the Karoo’s largest inhabitant, the humble sheep, to knit blankets with which to keep young children warm. The sheep will continue to roam the Karoo plains and the women will continue to knit – together producing something truly African to protect their young from the chill of a Karoo winter and ensuring the survival of generations of both.

Wool is regarded as an ‘active fibre’ meaning that it reacts naturally to changes in body temperature, keeping one warm in a cold environment but cooler as the outside temperature increases. The microscopic bristles on wool fibres minimize the presence of dust-mites, making pure wool garments ideal for wearers who suffer from allergies. The natural elasticity of wool allows it to gently stretch with use and wear but then return to its original shape.

Pure wool is naturally resistant to bacteria and to mold and is considered one of the most breathable materials in the natural world.
Being naturally flame-resistant, wool is a preferred choice of hospitals, hotels and especially nurseries.

Winners of Community Service Award – Kamers Makers 2018

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