Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shweshwe Fabric at Yardwork!

I have a new type of fabric in my shop. It is called "shweshwe" and comes from Da Gama textiles in South Africa. The characteristically small prints are created by feeding dyed cotton calico fabric under copper rollers that release a weak acid solution through their intricately etched surface. This acid discharge bleaches out detailed areas of dye in the fabric, resulting in a delicate design. Indigo was the original dye for shweshwe but it is now produced in a fairly wide range of colors.

My selection of indigo prints

The brown and gold prints are also considered very traditional.

But there are more, and some of the colors may surprise you!

Be sure to have a look!

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