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Collection: SHWESHWE

Shweshwe (isishweshwe) or seshoeshoe is thick cotton fabric, clearly defined today by the many vibrant colours, repetitive patterns and its light sheen.

Often used in traditional dresses. It has emerged throughout history as a cultural commodity of South Africa and a fabric worlds apart from anything else out there . Derived from Indian calico and European Blueprint, Shweshwe’s predecessor ‘Blaudruk’ reached the shores of South Africa in the 1800s by German immigrants. Over time, this sturdy fabric spread throughout South Africa, allowing different cultural communities to create meaning and use, making Shweshwe a truly cross-cultural fabric. 

Shweshwe is made in Africa by using copper rollers with an etched surface on fabric and allowing a solution of weak acid to bleach the fabric. Authentic Shweshwe can be identified by its waxy feel and defined by the trademark stamp of Da Gama Textiles. Da Gama Textiles is one of South Africa’s oldest and largest vertically integrated textile producers and is a pillar of the Zwelitsha community in Eastern Cape. 

Shweshwe when treated with the respect it deserves is a timeless asset to any wardrobe, which is why at Africa Made Only we pre-wash & soften the fabric to remove the waxy residue, allowing for pre-shrinking and guaranteeing maximum comfort of the garments we produce.

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19 products
The Ocean Cruise Shirt
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Africa Made Only
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R690.00
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R690.00
Royal Weave
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Leopard Weave
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Peacock Weave
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Ocean Weave
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
No1 Record_Blue
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Orange You Glad
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Warriors Wear Red
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Green Sandstorm
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Miss Sunshine
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Catherine Wheel
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
No1 Record_Green
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Disco Weave
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
No1 Record_Sky Light
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Rondavel
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Serengeti Snow
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Southern Cross
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Assagai
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00
Ripple Effect
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Africa Made Only
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R420.00
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R420.00