Andrea Maaseide Design

Shweshwe

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After almost 17 hours flying we touched down in Cape Town (frankly, just landing somewhere filled me with gratitude... 17 hours on a plane is plenty).  I happened to grab a home and design magazine today while in the hotel (just happened to...) and found these lovely fabrics by Villa Nova, one of our favorite fabric vendors.

These colors are incredible and I love the graphic designs.  {Via Villa Nova}

These colors are incredible and I love the graphic designs.  {Via Villa Nova}

Such vibrant colors and eye-catching, gorgeous prints!  These textiles made me think of all of the beautiful textiles I spotted while roaming through the airports in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  After a little research, I found out that there is a fabric specific to the South African culture and heritage - "Shweshwe".

Some say this fabric "whispers".  Shweshwe.  Shweshwe.  That's what you hear when some South African ladies go by in their traditional dress.  The name also derives from it's association with King Moshweshwe of Lesotho who was gifted the fabric in the 1840's by French missionaries. 

Originally dyed indigo, today the fabric is dyed in a variety of colors and is characterized by intricate geometric patterns.  The fabric was used for traditional ceremonies and as a traditional dress fabric, but has become popular in modern African culture thanks to modern designers.

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Beautiful red and indigo Shweshwe fabric... {Via Pinterest}

Beautiful red and indigo Shweshwe fabric... {Via Pinterest}

A De Gama Shweshwe fabric.  De Gama is home of the original Shweshwe fabric. {Via De Gama Textiles}

A De Gama Shweshwe fabric.  De Gama is home of the original Shweshwe fabric. {Via De Gama Textiles}

Today, the Shweshwe fabric has made it's way into the world of interiors.

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Handmade picnic blanket made of shweshwe fabric.  {Via House and Leisure}

Handmade picnic blanket made of shweshwe fabric.  {Via House and Leisure}

Shweshwe lamp shades.  {Via Art Connect Berlin}

Shweshwe lamp shades.  {Via Art Connect Berlin}

Color saturated Shweshwe pillows.  {Via Pinterest}

Color saturated Shweshwe pillows.  {Via Pinterest}

Shweshwe covered bench.  {Via Pinterest}

Shweshwe covered bench.  {Via Pinterest}

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Lovely Shweshwe throw pillows from Castellano Beltrame.

Makes me love color even more...

Happy Monday!