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Boerseep/ The wonder soap for washing!

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

Artist's Description

The use of soap started long before the eighteenth century. The first recorded evidence of the making of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon. Our ancestors in South Africa have their own unique types of soap made by adding herbs and other substances from the African region. Think of the oil from poisonous seeds of rooiessenhout (Trichilia emetica) which, after being told a good soap can be made.
Foto geneem in Pelgrimsrus. This photo was taken at Pilgrims Rest, Mpumalanga, SOUTH AFRICA.

Canon PowerShot S51S
PHOTOGRAPHY: Random
Second in the challenge and one of the Top Ten
in Washing Day
2 Desember 2010.
One of the TOP TEN in a challenge in AFRIKAANS
17 May 2013.
FEATURED in Preserving History
9 August 2013.
FEATURED in Explore
6 May 2014.
FEATURED in The Handcraft Group
31 May 2014.
Boerseep word gemaak van:
1) diervet,
2) die loog verkry uit die as van verbrande plante en
3) water.
“Boerseep” is made from:
1) animal fat,
2) the alkali extracted from the ashes of burned plants and
3) water.
Die gebruik van seep het natuurlik al baie lank voor die agttiende eeu begin. Die eerste opgetekende getuienis van die maak van seepagtige stowwe dateer terug tot nagenoeg 2800 v.C. in ou Babilon. Tog het ons voorouers in Suid-Afrika hul eie unieke seepsoorte gemaak deur die toevoeging van kruie en ander stowwe uit die Afrika-omgewing. Dink maar aan die olie uit die giftige sade van die rooiessenhout (Trichilia emetica) waarvan daar, na vertel word, ’n uitstekende seep gemaak kan word.
Canon S51S digital camera.

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