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Shweshwe Fabric

Did You Know?

Shweshwe fabric originally comes from India. The German settlers brought this vibrant cotton fabric to South Africa in 1858. The Xhosa adapted the fabric to give it the uniquely African feel that it still has today. The Xhosa women, imitating the swishing sound of their skirts as they walked, named it Shweshwe. Most the Umngazi staff wear shweswhe fabric as part of their uniforms.

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