This funky brown and orange shwe shwe yoga mat bag was created by Elliot of the Planet Love Project in South Africa.
It's comfortable to wear over the shoulder and pulls closed with a drawstring..
The strap and pocket have a different design to the body, but the same colorway - a fun contrast showing off 2 great shwe shwe designs.
It's crafted with a hand-powered sewing machine from locally produced shwe shwe fabric (check the fascinating history of this cloth below) which is 100% cotton and has beautiful geometric designs.
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All proceeds from Planet Love Project sales finance the teaching of crafting and business skills to young African women and men.
History of shwe shwe
Shwe-shwe (or schwe schwe) fabric was introduced to South Africa with German settlers in the 19th century, but over time Xhosa women, who took a liking to the stiff indigo-dyed fabric, replaced their animal skin clothes with shweshwe. It is said to be named after the sound the skirts make when you walk.
It is now available in three colours (blue, red and brown), two toned, and double sided prints. Its distinguishing characteristics are a repeated geometric pattern, the use of local fora and fauna (and even political figures!) and the trademark logos on the back of the fabric. The characteristic designs are made by patterned copper rollers brushed with a weak acid solution.