Blankets of Africa


I have been following Blankets of Africa for sometime now. This is not just an ordinary Brand, Blankets of Africa has a wonderful initiative of empowering women from rural communities across the Karoo.

I fell in love with their story and feel honoured to be part of it by creating content. These blankets are Handmade with 100% pure Merino Wool from the heart of the Karoo. These blankets are suitable for Pram, cot or car seat.

There is just something about the wool of the Karoo that when felt, so soft. Casey loved cuddling and curling up in her pram with her heart Blanket of Africa.

People that have met me or worked with me might have noticed how captivated I am to hearing the genuine story behind everything. In some cases I feel honoured to hear lovely testimonies of families, couples and brands.

So here is The Story behind Blankets of Africa:

The heart featured on every ‘Blanket from Africa’ is the embodiment of all that lies behind this community project. The heart of these rural communities is the network of women who, with dignity of their own, strive each day to provide support and warmth for their families.
‘Blankets from Africa’ provides these women with the means to create a product out of natural wool sheared from the very sheep which surround them. The provision of a simple pattern, needles and pure wool is the catalyst for them to generate an income, enjoy a community spirit of working in a group and experience feelings of achievement and of being valued. Without a heart, people pass on and pass away. The symbol of ‘Blankets from Africa’ intends to bring that message to the groups of creative rural knitters as well as to the valued purchasers of their beautifully warm blankets

Just a little backgroud

"Giving hope one stitch at a time". 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..


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