About us

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.


We only produce quality prints.


Our fabrics are distinguishable from reproductions.


We uphold the traditional values.


We produce fabric to diverse cultural groups.

A touch of history

Founded in 1948 the company has more than 65 years’ experience in the weaving of cotton and the dying, printing and finishing of fabrics.

To date, Da Gama Textiles still produces the original Shweshwe at the Zwelitsha factory in the Eastern Cape. The process is still done traditionally whereby a weak acid solution is fed onto the fabric, bleaching out the distinctive intricate white designs.

During 1992 Da Gama Textiles purchased the sole rights to own and print the Three Cats range of designs and had all the original Copper Rollers, Design Library and machinery shipped to Da Gama Textiles in Zwelitsha.

The company's Shweshwe ranges have the unique traditional characteristics of taste, touch and smell which are all identifiable by the authenticating 3 CATS backstamp that confirms the products are 'THE ORIGINAL SHWESHWE'.

  • - Mande Rudolf
    A South African-produced fabric that has meaning and significance.
    - Mande Rudolf
  • - Dianne Tipping-Woods
    As much as it is something old, it's become timeless. It remains a traditional cloth, but we have liberated it.
    - Dianne Tipping-Woods
  • - SAPeople
    Whether you call it shweshwe, shoeshoe or isishweshwe, the indigo cloth or Germanic print that has been a part of life in Southern Africa since missionaries gave some to Lesotho's King Moshoeshoe I is probably trendier now than it's ever been.
    - SAPeople