I am a Venda child that was born and raised in Pretoria. So, when the festive season dawns upon us, it means that that it was time to pack up and get ready to visit the extended family that we had not seen in a year in the neighboring country of Limpopo and not vacation in Europe. The visit is usually lasts for more than 2 weeks. As such, packing light and using fancy bags is definitely not an option. There is a simple solution to this problem which is known as the Machangane bag. It is big enough to fit all your clothes, it has a stylish Scottish design and it is portable.

The most interesting part about this bag is that everyone in South Africa and Zimbabwe calls it the Machangane bag. Why is called the Machangane bag? Is it because the Machangane people are very colorful people? Who are the Machangane people exactly? Why associate a whole bag that that everyone uses to a specific group of people?

In the series of articles below, we are going to explore the so called Machangane people and how they became so popular that the whole Southern Africa has named a whole bag after them.

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