ShweShwe Fabric

blue, brown yellow double sided shweshwe durban
blue, brown yellow double sided shweshwe fabric from Durban, SA
green, blue black double sided shweshwe group fabric
green, blue black double sided shweshwe fabric

The arrival of the indigo cloth emerged after the 1652 establishment of a seaport at the Cape of Good Hope. Natural indigo dye was obtained from the Indigofera Tinctoria plant.

In its raw form, the 100% cotton fabric was heavily starched in order to protect it from the damp as it travelled across the ocean in the holds of ships sailing between Europe and Africa. The Xhosa were the first to adopt the fabric from the settlers and they soon began adapting it to give it the uniquely African feel that it retains to this day. It was the Xhosa women who gave it the name “Shweshwe”, imitating the swishing sound of their skirts as they walked.

Original Shwe Shwe carries a watermark on the back and is now available in a large variety of colours – blue, red, brown, aqua, green. Some of the ranges available are: Three Cats, Three Leopards, Fancy Prints, Coral Tree and Toto Shweshwe.

Shweshwe has a distinctive prewash stiffness and smell due to the starch which was previously used to preserve the fabric. Shweshwe fabric fades with washing in a manner similar to denim.

More information: http://www.shweshwe.co.za/story.html

History of Shweshwe

And here are a few of the special things I have made out of South African sourced ShweShwe.

Madiba cushion covers
Madiba cushion covers

Madiba shweshwe fabric from SA to make cushion cover

African shwe shwe blue fitted mini skirt
African shwe shwe blue fitted mini skirt

red shweshwe to make purse

Prague Fabric Shops

Goodbye London … Hello Prague.
I’ve been living in Prague now for almost 2 weeks. The time has flown by! I’ve spend my time  exploring the city and trying to get to know the place from the perspective of someone who lives here, rather than a tourist visiting.

Our furniture and boxes are still in storage, and wont arrive for another 2 weeks.  It’s strange to be without some many loved items.  I’m missing my sewing machine and sewing paraphernalia, especially as I have free time when I could be doing lots of sewing! So if I can’t sew, I should start investigating where I can buy fabric and other sewing items.

Step one – English to Czech translation of fabric, sewing machine, haberdashery, textiles
Step two – Research and translate websites from Czech to English
Step three – handful of metro tickets, iPhone with Google Maps and comfy shoes for a day of walking around the city.

TIP: I love taking photos with my iPhone as the photo stores GPS location, so I can always find my way back to the shop!
Here are some of the shops I found so far.

Textil Forum - Uruguayská 416/11  120 00 Prague 2-Vinohrady
Textil Forum – Uruguayská 416/11 120 00 Prague 2-Vinohrady – http://www.textilforum.cz/

These next 2 are opposite sides of the road on Moravska.

Latky Galanterie - corner of Budescka and Moravska - Vinohrady. Prague 2
Latky Galanterie – corner of Budescka and Moravska – Vinohrady. Prague 2
 Látky Červený a spol - Budečská 1026/14 120 00 Prague 2-Vinohrady
Látky Červený a spol – Budečská 1026/14 120 00 Prague 2-Vinohrady. http://www.latky-cerveny.cz/

 

inside Látky Červený a spol
inside Látky Červený a spol
Šicí Centrum Haišman -  Na Poříčí 1758/14 New Town, 110 00 Prague
Šicí Centrum Haišman –
Na Poříčí 1758/14
New Town, 110 00 Prague
sicicentrum.cz‎
Bytovy Textil inside Kotva Dept Store - Náměstí Republiky
Bytovy Textil inside Kotva Dept Store – Náměstí Republiky

I’m looking to purchase an Overlocker but I’m having great difficulty finding a dealer in Prague. Any suggestions?

Do you know of a fabric shop I haven’t found … please let me know.

Check out my online shop for handmade clothing and gifts Made By Nomes Etsy

Thanks, Nomes. x

 

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Here are a list of a few more fabric and craft shops. Thanks to everyone who got in touch. 🙂

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

 

Fabric currently in stock for custom designs

I have recently received a few enquiries about fabric I have for skirts and custom design orders through my Etsy shop.

Below you will find a selection of fabrics that have been purchased in London, UK and are considered African or Holland Wax print designs.  These are available at the moment for use in custom design orders. Just mention the name of the fabric in your enquiry and I’ll check if I have enough in stock for your design.

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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Butterfly fabric in green, orange and brown
Butterfly fabric in green, orange and brown
Geometric print in green, yellow, pink
Geometric print in green, yellow, pink SOLD OUT
Abstract bird print in red, yellow, black
Abstract bird print in red, yellow, black SOLD OUT
Blue squares, green circles and yellow
Blue squares, green circles and yellow points
Abstract ying yang in green, orange, blue
Abstract ying yang in green, orange, blue
African print blue black white
African print blue black white SOLD OUT

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Safety pins print in orange, green and mustard
Safety pins print in orange, green and mustard
Dark and light green large flowers fabric
Dark and light green large flowers fabric SOLD OUT
Orange, black and white waves
Orange, black and white waves
Abstract yin yang in green, orange, blue Holland wax print cotton
Abstract yin yang in green, orange, blue Holland wax print cotton
1 blue green orange peanut shells  / 2 Blue orange S shapes
1 blue green orange peanut shells / 2 Blue orange S shapes
blue orange yellow geometric
blue orange yellow geometric – SOLD OUT

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And now a few clothing designs, handmade in Wimbledon by Nomes

SOLD Abstract bird a-line skirt
SOLD Abstract bird a-line skirt

A few links to items in my etsy shop: –
Bead inspired African fabric. Fitted knee length skirt with zipper

Orange, black and white wave summer shorts with elastic waist

Fully reversible elastic waist African Print skirt

Thanks for looking. Please leave a comment if you like these fabrics. x

New African Print Fabric

Here are a few pictures of the fabric I recently purchased from my favourite shop on Goldhawk Road, west London.

blue orange yellow geometric
blue orange yellow geometric – Holland wax print cotton fabric

I am planning to make a make a skirt from this fabric – similar to the pattern I found on Burdastyle – Obi apron skirt

ying yang yellow orange blue Holland wax print cotton
ying yang yellow orange blue Holland wax print cotton

This green, yellow swirl print (or is it ying yang)will look fab as a pair or shorts or maybe a short beach dress

Check out my items for sale in my Etsy shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadeByNomes

I have more photos of my favourite fabric at  http://www.facebook.com/MadeByNomes

Retro fabric

I’m currently in Australia visiting friends and family and I have to admit I am kind of missing my “sewing studio”, the revving of my sewing machine, scratching through my fabric and patterns for inspiration… and also missing my boyfriend a lot.
I have had some luck, while visiting my childhood home to find some retro fabric which I will definitely be bringing back to London with me.

pink flowers fabricgreen swirl fabricThese prints will be perfect for another apron design or a skirt. Sadly not enough fabric for “party pant”; unless it’s for party shorts.