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Shweshwe “Eyelashes” ▪︎ Cream


Shweshwe “Eyelashes” ▪︎ Cream

Most South Africans are familiar with the stiff, printed cotton fabric known as Shweshwe, widely used for traditional Sotho clothing. Over the years and in addition to traditional wear, Shweshwe has been used in contemporary South African fashion design for men and women from all ethnic groups and is increasingly enjoying popularity in other applications like accessories, upholstery, and quilting.

Design: H0963   Colorway 55: Black and tan on creamy, off-white


COMPOSITION, TYPE : 100% Cotton, Wax Print
DESIGNER/MANUFACTURER: Three Cats, da Gama Textiles
WIDTH: 36 inches


SKU: H0963cw55 Categories: , , , , , Tags: , ,

Shweshwe can be identified by touch, smell, and taste. The fabric is manufactured in South Africa today but is still sold stiffly starched as it was when it was imported hundreds of years ago from Europe (the starch helped to preserve the fabric during long salty sea voyages), imparting the distinctive taste and smell. Once washed, however, the starch dissolves and the fabric becomes quite soft. Excess dye is also washed away, leading the fabric to fade in a way not dissimilar to blue jeans.

We do our best to represent color accurately. Since monitors vary, we cannot guarantee the colors you see online will exactly match the colors of the fabric once it's in your hand. For color-specific projects, please contact us to request a swatch.


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