S H W E S H W E LOVE #repost....@dagamtextiles...Iconic to South Africa, shweshwe has been reimagined today and has inspired creatively in both home sewing and design projects. Da Gama is the only producer of shweshwe worldwide. Keep an eye for our registered trademark back stamped onto all our Three Cats fabrics to be sure you have the real deal. •
African fabrics and prints are worn with pleasure and it is every woman’s pride to be wearing an African print at an occasion. Many of us don’t know the history of African cloth, the significance of the colours and the prints. African fabrics have bright colours, idiosyncratic designs and patterns that are hand-made which give us a sense of a rich cultural meaning. But is there more to know about African fabrics and why it is significant?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Traditionally, African cloths were worn for special occasions such as family reunions, weddings, and events. These fabrics would not be worn for any particular significance or importance. African fabric forms part of a cultural identity and an emblem of cultural heritage. Actually, in Africa, there are a variety of fabrics from different groups of people.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My personal favourite... 🌻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Shweshwe – South Africa (Southern Africa)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Shweshwe is a printed dyed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing. It was traditionally used for weddings and family functions and was only produced in three colours (Brown, Red, Blue). Originally dyed navy, the fabric is now manufactured in a variety of colours and printing designs characterised by sophisticated geometric patterns.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Other types include: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ankara – Nigeria (West Africa)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Baoule – Cote d’Ivoire (West Africa)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Chitenge – Zambia (East Africa) & ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Kente – Ghana (West Africa)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(look out for future posts with snipits of info on these 🌻) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Iconic to South Africa, shweshwe has been reimagined today and has inspired creatively in both home sewing and design projects.
Da Gama is the only producer of shweshwe worldwide. Keep an eye out for our registered trademark back stamped onto all our Three Cats fabrics to be sure you have the real deal.
Hi Shweet peeps! I am quite new to this whole Instagram thing but have been encouraged to share more about who I am and what makes me tick. Well, here goes... I have a lot to tell just scary to send it into the whole wide world 🌍🙄. Let me ease into it. I am Flore, on the right, founder of Shweet Products. Originally Dutch (hence my not always perfect English) but passionate about South Africa 🇿🇦 ever since I drove down from Amsterdam in an old Hilux bakkie and settled here in 2011. I live in Cape Town with Oliver on the left, ❤of my life and father of our boys of Tommy & Micah, 4 and 7.
I started developing and producing proudly South African kids' products, when I was - how cliche - pregnant with my first born. See @shweetkids.
I started the range of Shweet hats last year. From shweshwe because of my true love for this South African fabric, and hats out of necessity: I had become completely bald due to chemo and had difficulties finding cool caps and hats to enable me to choose when I would show this off. Luckily I am all better now🤸♀, and although my hair is growing and the baldness a thing of the past I am happy to say that the hats are here to stay and distributed to shops in South Africa, Namibia 🇳🇦Botswana 🇧🇼, Australia 🇦🇺and since a few weeks also in our online shop. 🍾
And what else? I love to travel, love to read, do not deal well with repetition, I am known to be impatient, direct (Dutch 😃) and honest and make a lot of typpppooos. I try to be present but rarely succeed.
I love that with Shweet Products I am able to shape my life by doing what I love: creating beautiful products and connecting with people around me, while contributing my bit to make South Africa a better place.
All our products are designed and handmade in Cape Town with lots of ❤. #loveafrica#mystory#shapeyourlife#handmadeincapetown#hats#shweshwe#africanprint#consciousfashion#socialimpact#love AFRICA. BE SHWEET