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Botswana Kanye Households People Lands Cattle-post Crafts

Making Kgotla Chairs

Kgotla Chairs are so called as they are used by the men at  gatherings in the kgotla . They are also used at home. They fold flat like a deck chair and the men carry their chairs to the kgotla.

Used at home

Being used at kgotla gatherings

Several of the men are carrying their folded kgotla chairs to the Chief’s kgotla whilst the  women carry their clay pots of Dikgafela beer. (See section on Dikgafela)

Threading in the thongs to form the seat

Cutting ,neatening and finishing off the thong ends

Kgotla Chair maker working in the shade of a tree at his cattlepost. He uses hand tools and local woods


Fitting the pieces together


Negotiating the price!

In daily use