25 Feb The Scottish Beanie Loved by South Africans
The woolen beanie that travelled all the way from Scotland in the 1960s – originally available at the exclusive Johannesburg-based retailer Strachan and Myburgh – is now a beloved local classic that’s been notarised by generations of South Africans.
Made from 100% wool, the trademark knit is identified by its distinct double chevron, single chevron zig zag patterns. It was designed to protect fishermen of the North Sea and climbers of the highland moors from the winter cold and so, sports a characterful tennis ball-sized pom-pom for good cheer. A completely different climate hasn’t deterred it from becoming a South African streetwear staple, adopted by taxi drivers and high school students alike. The beanie has found significance in various local cultures and subcultures – historically worn by the 1950s gangsters from the Witwatersrand and second generation AmaPantsula in the 1970s
Today, Strachan and Myburgh’s signature headwear can be seen everywhere from the urban townships of Johannesburg to the Cape. Depending on the area, it’s commonly known as “Strachan” to some and “Myburgh” to others. The brand’s beanies and berets are worn in any season and any environment, and make up part of “Umathandekhishini” – the dress code of contemporary pantsulas.
Production manager: Zoleka Monta | Models: Ofentse Ntuli, Ntokozo Benjamin, Thobeko Tana, Thobile Tana | Photographer and art director: Ntokozo Nkambule | Stylist: Elvis Ndlela