Shweshwe

 

Authentic 3 Cats brand shweshwe from Dagama Textiles in South Africa is a beloved fabric used around the world by fashion designers, soft toy makers, quilters and home sewists. Treating the fabric with wax is part of the printing process and, when you receive your shweshwe it will arrive with its distinctive, waxy aroma. It will also be stiff until washed, then it becomes lovely and inviting to the touch. Although availalbe in dozens of colorways, all of them guarded in the 3 Cats print archive, I've chosen the most traditional colors - Browns, Reds, Indigos, and Golds - which work well with our traditional Japanese fabrics.

Shweshwe fabric, gold and white discs on brown
Shweshwe 78s-Brown
Traditional circle motif also known as records or CDs. Gold and white on chocolate brown.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 Inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
    Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe 78s-Blue
Shweshwe 78s-Blue
Traditional circle motif also known as records or CDs. Light blue and black on royal blue.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe 78s-Gold
Shweshwe 78s-Gold
Traditional circle motif also known as records or CDs. Black and orange on gold.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe fabric, mustard and black discs on cream
Shweshwe 78s-Cream
Traditional circle motif also known as records or CDs. Mustard and black on cream.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 Inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
    Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe 78s-Red
Shweshwe 78s-Red
Traditional circle motif also known as records or CDs. Light white and black on red.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Offical Three Cats logo from the Da Gama texitile mill that makes authentic shweshwe
Look for the Three Cats Logo
Shweshwe fabric, Diatoms, Brown
Shweshwe Diatoms-Brown
Traditional motif, sometimes called dandelions, is one of the original shweshwe designs. White on chocolate brown.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 Inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
    Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe Diatoms, Indigo
Shweshwe Diatoms, Indigo
Traditional motif, sometimes called dandelions, is one of the original shweshwe designs. White on indigo.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe Eyelashes, Brown
Shweshwe Eyelashes, Chocolate Brown
Eclipses, halos, or happy, unblinking eyes, these daisy doodles are pure happiness. White on chocolate brown.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe fabric, mustard and black on cream
Shweshwe Eyelashes-Cream
Traditional circle motif also known as records or CDs. Mustard and black on cream.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 Inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
    Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe Eyelashes-Red
Shweshwe Eyelashes-Red
Eclipses, halos, or happy, unblinking eyes, these daisy doodles are pure happiness. Black and white on red.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe Eyelashes, Gold
Shweshwe Eyeashes, Gold
Eclipses, halos, or happy, unblinking eyes, these daisy doodles are pure happiness. Tangerine and black on gold.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe fabric, Eyelashes, Brown
Shweshwe Eyelashes-Blue on Brown
Eclipses, halos, or happy, unblinking eyes, these daisy doodles are pure happiness. Blue on chocolate brown with tiny white dots.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 Inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
    Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe Pinpoints, Blue on Brown
Shweshwe Pinpoints, Blue on Brown
Subtle pinpoint dots create a super cute, almost floral motif. Blue and white on brown.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe Eyelashes, Brown
Shweshwe Pinpoints, Cream
Subtle pinpoint dots create a super cute, almost floral motif. Gold and black on cream.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe fabric, Honeycomb, Brown
Shweshwe Honeycomb-Blue on Brown
Snug and tidy honeycomb print with small florette motif centered inside each cell. Blue and white on chocolate brown.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 Inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
    Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe Pinpoints, Blue on Brown
Shweshwe Honeycomb, Red
Snug and tidy honeycomb print with small florette motif centered inside each cell. Black and white on red.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
Shweshwe gold and yellow paisely
Shweshwe Paisely, Gold
Wildly intricate paisley design in gold and black on yellow.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-35 inches
  • Price per yard-$16.50
  • Quantity:
    Swatch-$1.00
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