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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.

Shop our Shweshwe Collection Here

21 products
The Ocean Cruise Shirt
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R690.00
Sale price
R345.00
Royal Weave - Shweshwe Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Leopard Weave - Shweshwe Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R200.00
Peacock Weave - Shweshwe Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Ocean Weave - Shweshwe Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
No1 Record_Blue_Gold
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Orange You Glad
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R200.00
Warriors Wear Red
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R200.00
Green Sandstorm
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Miss Sunshine Ladies Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R200.00
Catherine Wheel Ladies Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R200.00
No1 Record_Green
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Disco Weave - ShweShwe Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
No1 Record_Sky Light
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Rondavel
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Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Serengeti Snow
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Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Southern Cross
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Assagai
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Ripple Effect
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Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Ihlobo
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00
Sun Weave - Shweshwe Shorts
Vendor
Africa Made Only
Regular price
R420.00
Sale price
R246.00