Da Gama

Hargreaves Avenue, Zwelitsha, King Willams Town, South Africa, 5608
Da Gama Textiles

Producers of high-quality home, fashion, workwear & medical fabrics since 1946

From unique & authentic home, décor & fashion products, to fabrics imbued with specific protective & medical qualities


Da Gama Textiles – Home of the original shweshwe

Da Gama is the original manufacturer of traditional starched shweshwe, printed on 100% cotton using authentic manufacturing processes

Da Gama Textiles

Producers of high-quality home, fashion, workwear & medical fabrics since 1948

Our range of fabrics are used for a wide variety of applications, from unique and authentic home, décor and fashion products to fabrics imbued with protective and medical qualities for industries that demand specific performance requirements.

As one of South Africa’s oldest and largest vertically-integrated textile producers, we design and manufacture a diverse range of distinguishable, high-quality textiles. While we are known as the home of the internationally-renowned Three Cats Original Shweshwe, our offering goes far beyond traditional textiles, extending into premium home and décor fabrics, high-performance workwear, medical and technical textiles.

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Home & Fashion

Unique, distinguishable fabrics & textiles for home sewing, fashion, furnishings & décor Find out more

Shweshwe &
African Cultural Fabrics

Traditionally-manufactured shweshwe, including the Three Cats Original Shweshwe brand Find out more


Fabrics designed for specific comfort & protective qualities Find out more


PPE & medical fabrics woven to deliver medical & protective attributes Find out more


Fabrics designed to deliver protection from physical threats, along with a range of high-performance technical textiles. Find out more