Shweshwe Fabrics

I tought I would give some information on the amazing Shweshwe materials we have in our leather range as it seems to be a popular topic. 

Shweshwe is a printed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing. 

Originally dyed indigo, the fabric is manufactured in a variety of colours and printing designs characterised by intricate geometric patterns. 

Due to its popularity, shweshwe has been described as the denim or tartan of South Africa. Shweshwe is traditionally used to make dresses, skirts, aprons and wraparound clothing.

Shweshwe clothing is traditionally worn by newly married Xhosa women, known as makoti, and married Sotho women. Xhosa women have also incorporated the fabric into their traditional ochre-coloured blanket clothing. 

Aside from traditional wear, shweshwe is used in contemporary South African fashion design for women and men from all ethnic groups, as well as for making accessories and upholstery. It is also used in the United States as a quilting fabric.

Check out the amazing handmade fabrics all made by local crafts men and woman in our leather collection. 

The leather collection is also currently on sale!


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