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Fabric Spotlight | Shwe Shwe 'Fireworks'

Fabric Spotlight | Shwe Shwe 'Fireworks'

A favourite of our co-founder Bee Friedmann, who grew up in South Africa where authentic Shwe Shwe fabric is manufactured and enjoys huge popularity. Bee likes to pick up fabric for our collections whenever visiting her home city of Johannesburg. This stylish geometric print proves itself a best seller season after season loved for its durability and subtle yet striking colour combination. We have named this design 'Fireworks' as it reminds us of the colourful flashes of fireworks in the night sky. 



Not all fabrics are cut from the same cloth and Shwe Shwe is certainly one of a kind. This stunning printed cotton fabric is widely used for South African clothing, so much so that it is often referred to as the “denim” of Africa! Shwe Shwe is traditionally used to make dresses, skirts, aprons, and wrap-around clothing. It is traditionally worn by newly married Xhosa women (known as Makoti) and married Sotho women.



Although this versatile fabric has many uses, its production is another interesting aspect. Manufactured with an acid discharge and roller printing technique on pure coon calico (calico is a plain-woven textile made from unbleached and often not fully processed cotton). What truly makes this fabric so special is the unique designs which are made using pilotage, a fabric technique rarely used by contemporary fabric manufacturers due to its complexity and expense. Bee always ensures our fabrics are authentically produced and are of the highest quality.



Shop our Shwe Shwe Fireworks collection for cats & dogs here

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