March 27, 2018

Bongiwe Walaza’s influence on Shweshwe

Brought to Africa by German settlers, the humble cotton “isishweshwe” fabric has shrugged off its colonial origins to become a symbol of urban Afro wear in […]
March 26, 2018

Shweshwe in the inner city

Named after 19th Century Sotho King, Moshoeshoe 1, shweshwe is the quintessential fabric of South Africa, synonymous with South African textiles and traditional wear. In Johannesburg’s […]
March 7, 2018

Shweshwe – The fabric that whispers

Modern shweshwe fabric comes in many colours, and is used mainly for African traditional dress. It has a rich history and its journey from the indigo […]
March 5, 2018

Siwa Mgoboza creates wonders with Shweshwe

Siwa Mgoboza is an artist who explores notions of difference and belonging as informed by his personal experiences of prejudice and assimilation. Growing up abroad and […]
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