The Story of Shweshwe

Shweshwe is a printed dyed fabric made of 100 % cotton which is traditionally used to make clothing. It is also known as Blueprint, dyed indigo, which was imported by German and Swiss settlers in the 19th century. The local name, shweshwe, is derived from Lesotho’s first king, Moshoeshoe I. He got the fabric from the French missionaries in 1840 as a gift.

Previously imported to South Africa from Europe the trademarked fabric has been
manufactured by Da Gama Textiles in the Eastern Cape since 1992. Today the cotton is available in a large variety of colours and printing designs characterized by florals, diamonds, stripes, squares, and circular geometric patterns. It’s amazing!

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    1. Sabine Schmitt


      Love the ShweShwe Story!!!!

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