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Khaki "How Leopard Got His Spots" scarf

R 690.00

With one eye on fashion and one eye on your African roots, this scarf will perfectly represent you. It's beautiful khaki green and bronze gold colors that will offset any skin tone perfectly. Wrap this scarf around your neck as the final touch to create the perfect outfit.

Or why not wear it as a headscarf? Let your natural hair shine with this scarf folded and wrapped around the crown of your head. Or cascading around your shoulders.

If you're looking for a truly unique and special gift for the special partner in your life, this scarf will be the perfect thing.

If you want to connect with your African roots, this scarf is a great way to do it. The rich tapestry of colors in this scarf weaves a story of triumph and tragedy. This luxurious and delicate scarf is part of the African Folklore print collection. Wearing this piece will enable you to become part of the story it weaves. Keep reading to find the story of How the Leopard got his spots below…

Size: 120cm x 120cm



"How The Leopard Got His Spots"

Based on the Rudyard Kiplings-Just So Stories

In the beginning of the world, things looked very different
from how they appear today. In Africa, Leopard resided
in a hot and sandy-colored habitat called the Highveld. In
those days the hides of animals were different than how they
appear today. Leopard was a sandy yellow color, Zebra was
a light grey color, and Giraffe was a light yellow color. When
Leopard lay on the ground, his sandy yellow hide perfectly
camouflaged him, making it nearly impossible to spot him
lying on the ground. He played a game where he would lie
in wait for Zebra and Giraffe to happen by, then he would
jump out and frighten them half to death. This jack-in-the-box
game delighted Leopard, but Zebra and Giraffe were far
less thrilled.

Zebra and Giraffe relocated to the Bushveld to get away
from Leopard. The Bushveld was covered in towering trees
and the sunlight that penetrated the canopy of the forest
cast blotchy-stripy shadows on the forest floor. Zebra and
Giraffe stayed in the shadows for so long that the shadows
changed the colors of their coats. Zebra often stood in the
stripy shadows and eventually grew dark stripes all over his
body. Giraffe stood frequently in the blotchy shadows and
eventually grew large spots all over his body. Soon, they
were as well camouflaged in the forest as Leopard was in the
Highveld—you could stand right next to them and not even
see them.
Leopard missed his friends Zebra
and Giraffe, so he asked his friend
the Ethiopian if he knew where they
went. The Ethiopian, a human man,
was a sandy yellow color in those
days, too. The Ethiopian didn’t know
where Zebra and Giraffe were,
but he decided to go along with
Leopard in search of them.
One blistering sunny day, their search brought them to the
Bushveld. Sandy-yellow Leopard and the Ethiopian stood out
in the patchy light of the shadowy forest.
“I can smell Zebra, but I don’t see him anywhere,”
said, Leopard.
“I can smell Giraffe, but I don’t see him anywhere either,” said
the Ethiopian.
“Let’s try looking for them again at night and perhaps we’ll
have more luck,” suggested Leopard.

That night, they crept into the forest to look for their friends.
Leopard smelled Zebra and he felt Zebra, but the stripy thing
he caught didn’t look anything like his friend Zebra. The
Ethiopian had the same experience with Giraffe. Zebra and
Giraffe explained how their spots and stripes hid them in the
forest like Leopard’s color hid him in the Highveld. Leopard
and the Ethiopian realized that they would have to modify
their hides like Zebra and Giraffe if they wanted to live in
the Bushveld.
The Ethiopian found some black mud in the shadows. He
covered himself in it and it transformed the color of his skin to
a shadowy black, which hasn’t changed since.
“Wow,” said Leopard. “Can you camouflage me, too? I don’t
want to be black all over, I prefer some spots like Giraffe.”
So the Ethiopian took the mud and painted spots on Leopard
using the tips of his fingers. And since that day, Leopard has
had splotchy spots all over his hide.