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This item sold on August 23, 2011.

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This dress is made out of Shweshwe fabric. The fabric brand is "Tree Cats", which is the most famous of the Shweshwe brands. It is authenticated by trade mark stamps on the reverse of the fabric during the manufacturing process.

There are various stories as to how Shweshwe got its name - one goes that is possibly because of the 'swish-swish' sound of the fabric as it moves when worn as a dress or skirt... which is the one I like most! The fabric has a gentle stiffness which disappears after the first wash, to be replaced by a beautifully soft, easy to manage 100% fresh cotton. The fabric is strong and long lasting, and the colour fades ever so slightly over time - much like a good pair of Jeans.

This specific dress is suitable for little girls fom 18 months to around 2 and half years old. The dress is designed in a way that allows the "proper" dress to become a top as your little one grows older. This is done by simply adjusting the straps (and the adjustment of your little as she gets taller happens all by itself:)

I decided to use this specific Mandela print, because it only has a limited run, and he has become a universal icon that everyone knows and loves.

The same dress can be custom made to various age groups (up to 8 years old) ... and I have a wide selection of beautiful, contemporary shweshwe fabric prints to choose from.

Nelson Mandela shweshwe dress from South Africa for little girls


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: three cats shweshwe fabric, elastic, blue binding
  • Ships worldwide from South Africa
  • Feedback: 38 reviews
  • Favorited by: 17 people