The Original Shweshwe printed fabric has become synonymous with quality by both the formal and informal sectors of the economy. These fabrics are used by manufacturers and home sewers who demand the best quality in the fabric used. The fabric is easily identified by its distinct characteristics of taste, touch and smell as well as the authenticating back stamp on the original fabric. The fabric has intricate all over prints and beautiful panels. The appreciation for African traditional dress has crossed both the generational and cultural gap to become a fashion statement across all ages and cultures.
We find, amongst the brands manufactured by Da Gama Textiles, the plain dyed Fasco, Edenrose and Firstline Three Cats. The Three Cats Shwe Shwe prints are acid discharge prints on a 90 cm cotton calico.
In addition to the dress fabrics, Da Gama Textiles also manufactures a range of home source fabrics. These include the Placemat collection, the Gardenia Range which can be used for curtaining and tabling, the Christmas range and their much sought after Quilters’ range. All of these are printed on 150cm wide 100% cotton fabric. The Coral Tree Fabric by Da Gama is a premium 100% combed cotton base fabric that includes the traditional quilting range, new contemporary range and innovative modern interpretations of the Shweshwe ranges.