In isiZulu culture, the bride’s family purchases compulsory gifts on behalf of their daughter, namely a bed and a kist, for her marital home. This act has been practiced for many years and remains a significant custom today. If this custom is not followed, an isiZulu marriage is considered insignificant by both families as well as their ancestors. The bed is a symbol of where the bride will rest, while the kist represents a coffin, which is the bride’s final resting place when she is eventually deceased.
The gifts are collected and brought into the bride’s parental home a few days before the wedding. Thereafter, the bride stays in her room guarding her gifts from anyone who may wish to cast evil spells on the gifts to ruin her marriage. For the bride, quality and longevity are a high priority, especially for the kist. Previously, a metal trunk was bought for the bride. However, today the trunk is replaced by the wooden kist.
Our kists are beautifully handcrafted from superior grade solid wood pine. To create an enhanced African feel, some of the lids have been topped with authentic Nguni hide. Each kist is spacious and embedded with a lockable clasp. Secured with a gas lift, the lids remain open while you load your essentials.