Da Gama Textiles is one of South Africa’s oldest and largest vertically integrated textile producers. We produce niche branded products, including the internationally recognised brand name Three Cats Original Shweshwe. Our core divisions are:

Home Sewing

We are a major supplier to South African retailers and wholesalers, and provide a link to home sewers in the informal sector. The hallmark of the division is its niche market branded merchandise that has become synonymous with quality.


We are a supplier of Poly/Cotton Napery fabrics for the hospitality industry. We offer a range of pre-shrunk Cotton/Linen & 100% Cotton fabrics suitable as print bases or as in the Upholstery, Curtaining and Scatter Cushion market.


We are committed to the Protective Clothing and Garment Manufacturers who utilize SABS approved fabrics to supply The Mining Industry, Parastatals, Provincial and Municipal Contracts, Independents and Wholesale Distributors.

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The Three Cats range

The Three Cats range is sourced from a closed library of designs with a small injection of new designs to keep the range interesting and up-to-date.

The typical use of the fabric is for traditional ceremonies in the rural areas. In certain cases special designs are produced for important occasions such as royal birthdays and national festivals.

Today, the fabric has become fashionable beyond its traditional sphere of usage, and praise must go to young South African designers for their renewed interest in this traditional heritage.

Fashion Trends in Original Three Cats Shweshwe Prints