South African Shweshwe — Turquoise Whirlpools

$15.99/per yard

Genuine DaGama 3 Cats

Discharge Dyed Shweshwe

100% Cotton

Fabric may be ordered by the half yard

Out of stock

Minimum Order 1 Yard or 1 item


This vibrant turquoise comes to life with a swirling print.

Genuine, beautiful, and finely detailed, South African Shweshwe fabric.

Da Gama Textiles is perhaps the only known producer of traditional Indigo Dyed Discharge Printed Fabric in the world. It is unique to this company in South Africa. The process for producing Three Cats Shweshwe is still done traditionally, whereby fabric is fed through copper rollers which have patterns etched on the surface, allowing a weak acid solution to be fed into the fabric, bleaching out the distinctive white designs.

The authenticity of the fabric can be verified by the trademark backstamp on the back of all the fabric. This fabric has typically been used for traditional ceremonies in rural areas, but now it has become widely fashionable in South Africa and around the world for use in quilts, clothing, and housewares.

This fabric measures 35 inches wide (89/90 centimeters). This is not as wide as fabric on a typical bolt.

Perfect for quilting, clothing, and other sewing crafts. Approximately 35″x18″ in a half yard cut.

100 % Cotton

Average Shrinkage: warp -9.5%, weft -0.7%

Orders of more than 1/2 yard will be left in one continuous uncut piece.

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1 review for South African Shweshwe — Turquoise Whirlpools

  1. Julie

    I love this fabric. Shweshwe fabrics are so much fun and what a great selection.

    I needed one more fabric to finish my "shweshwe" quilt top and this fabric was just right. Most of the fabrics were purchased in South Africa so I was more than delighted to find these available in the US to be able to complete the whole top with authentic African fabrics.

    Carrie was super helpful and very responsive. I couldn't belief how fast I got my order!! I'll order from this shop again!!

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