ShweShwe fabric currently in stock for custom designs

My boy has just returned from a trip to South Africa, and he bought me some more ShweShwe fabric. Isn’t he a good boy 🙂

This new ShweShwe fabric is slightly different to the fabric I bought in January … this new fabric has a double sided print. So cool, it means that the fabric can be used either side…. or both!

Custom orders are available: You can enquire about custom orders through Etsy conversation www.madebynomes.etsy.com 

or contact me via naomi[at]madebynomes.com

Thanks, Nomes x

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blue, brown yellow double sided shweshwe durban
Blue, brown, yellow double sided ShweShwe African fabric from Durban, SA

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green, blue black double sided shweShwe group
Green, blue, black double sided ShweShwe African fabric from Cape Town

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Shwe-shwe  fabric has a long standing history in South Africa. It was introduced to South Africa with German settlers in the 19th century, but over time Xhosa women, who took a liking to the stiff indigo-dyed fabric, replaced their animal skin clothes with Shwe Shwe. It is said to be named ShweShwe after the sound the skirts make when you walk.

More information about the History of ShweShwe Fabric – http://www.dagama.co.za/

Custom orders for skirts, accessories and home-wares can be made through www.MadeByNomes.Etsy.com

ShweShwe A-line elastic waist skirt
ShweShwe A-line elastic waist skirt


I like to sew, cook. I use a vintage Singer Sewing machine to make the clothes and crafts shown on this website. Be sure to check out my Etsy online shop where you can purchase some of my items www.madebynomes.esty.com and my Facebook page www.facebook.com/MadeByNomes