Handcrafted Contemporary Crafts
Modern shweshwe fabric comes in many colours, and is used mainly for African traditional dress. It has a rich history from the indigo fabric-makers of India to South Africa via the 18th Century German settlers. These wonderful, colourful bolts of cloth are just gorgeous and perfect for my little sewing projects.
The knowledge of weaving and fabric production has existed for centuries throughout the continent of Africa. During the Trans-Atlantic slavery, many skilled weavers were taken, and took their knowledge along with them to North America, South America and the Caribbean. It is said that the 'History in Africa may be read, told and recorded in cloth' where written historical events are unavailable.