I sell a variety of Boutique clothing, scarves, leather shoes and Shweshwe Slippers.
All products are one of a kind. Limited Range.
Vellies: (Leather Shoes)
The leather shoes are known as "Vellies" or "Veld shoes" in South Africa. A Vellie are walking shoes made from vegetable-tanned leather which is attached to a rubber sole without any tacks or nails. Vellies are handmade.
The name comes from Afrikaans “vel”, skin, which was then later adapted to “veld”, field, but mostly everyone calls them Vellies which is slang for Veldskoene (Field shoe). They were first made in the 17th century by the first Dutch settlers in South Africa. Their design is believed to be based on the traditional Khoisan footwear observed by these settlers. The footwear was later part of the Afrikaaner culture when velskoene were used as the main footwear of the Great Trek.
It is easy to make, very lightweight and extremely tough and durable. Vellies became part of the South African, Zimbabwean and Namibian society, mainly favoured by farmers, safari guides and students.
Baby Makai supply me with the vibrant and comfy ShweShwe Slippers. They source exclusive and one of a kind Proudly South African products that empower and create opportunities for craftsmen and artisans – for people with a skill. The Shweshwe slippers are made by two brothers who live in Hillbrow.
It is said ShweShwe was gifted to Lesotho’s King Moshoeshoe I by French missionaries in the 1840s. It then became known locally as shoeshoe and later shweshwe.
The cloth was introduced to the Xhosa women in the mid 1800s who gradually added the Blue print to their red clothing and further integrated the use of Shweshwe into traditional Xhosa weddings and culture, connecting the cloth in South African’s heritage.Dialects differ today with Sotho’s calling it seshweshwe, the Zulu’s calling it isishweshwe and the Xhosa’s Ujamani.
Today the fabric has become very fashionable beyond the traditional use.