Monday, November 29, 2010


South Africa is famous for its locally made fabric, sheshweshwe or also known as shweshwe. Its a colorful pattern usually made up of dots going around in circles or other geometric shapes, most common being circles and diamonds. The most common colors are shades of brown. blue and red. Further dyed, it can give extraordinary color combinations.
These days shweshwe fabric is being used by many local designers for making contemporary clothing and accessories. Most commonly seen in tunics and handbags, also a lot of belts and ties. Living here in SA for the past 2 yrs, I have felt this fabric is a very promising area of the SA culture, one that hasnt yet quite been explored to its full potential. It can very easily turn into a huge fashion trend if taken seriously...

some designs using sheshweshwe fabric

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