MathildeAndCo

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Announcement    Mathilde, c’est l’étincelle de cette histoire.

Née dans le désert sud-africain près du Cap, loin des magasins et de la ville.
Sa maman, Gwendolyne, s'était enfin posée dans son pays adoptif l'Afrique du Sud, après avoir parcouru le monde. Amoureuse de tissus et de couleurs, elle décide un beau jour qu'elle aimerait faire à Mathilde une petite turbulette comme celles qu’elle connaissait dans son pays d’origine, la France – et aux couleurs du tissu traditionnel sud africain, le shweshwe.
Ne sachant pas coudre elle-même, elle mit une année à trouver la perle rare, Petula, une couturière d’exception, - beaucoup trop modeste ! - dans leur petit village de Barrydale.

Neuf ans plus tard, Petula et la petite équipe de Mathilde & Co continuent de donner vie aux idées de Gwendolyne, désormais en France avec Mathilde et sa petite speur Apolline qui, quant à elles, continuent de courir pieds nus, de grimper aux arbres, et de faire rêver leurs nouveaux amis des récits de leurs aventures en Afrique…

COPYRIGHT © 2011 by Mathilde & Co. : All designs by Mathilde & Co. are the intellectual property of Gwendolyne Gosselin and may not be reproduced without express written permission. All rights reserved.

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Last updated on Jul 28, 2020

Mathilde, c’est l’étincelle de cette histoire.

Née dans le désert sud-africain près du Cap, loin des magasins et de la ville.
Sa maman, Gwendolyne, s'était enfin posée dans son pays adoptif l'Afrique du Sud, après avoir parcouru le monde. Amoureuse de tissus et de couleurs, elle décide un beau jour qu'elle aimerait faire à Mathilde une petite turbulette comme celles qu’elle connaissait dans son pays d’origine, la France – et aux couleurs du tissu traditionnel sud africain, le shweshwe.
Ne sachant pas coudre elle-même, elle mit une année à trouver la perle rare, Petula, une couturière d’exception, - beaucoup trop modeste ! - dans leur petit village de Barrydale.

Neuf ans plus tard, Petula et la petite équipe de Mathilde & Co continuent de donner vie aux idées de Gwendolyne, désormais en France avec Mathilde et sa petite speur Apolline qui, quant à elles, continuent de courir pieds nus, de grimper aux arbres, et de faire rêver leurs nouveaux amis des récits de leurs aventures en Afrique…

COPYRIGHT © 2011 by Mathilde & Co. : All designs by Mathilde & Co. are the intellectual property of Gwendolyne Gosselin and may not be reproduced without express written permission. All rights reserved.

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About MathildeAndCo

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On Etsy since 2013

Empowering women through creativity

After travelling the world as an adventure tour guide, and with not a creative bone in my body, I moved to the Karoo and had a lovely baby girl. I was given a bag sleeping for Christmas and became so fond of it that I taught myself to sew and made some lovely colourful bags of my own… One thing lead to another and 3 years later, I now provide part time work for 4 ladies in a small community where fruit picking and house cleaning are the main options.
Together we make colourful toys, beautiful dresses and much more, in bright shweshwe fabrics , proudly south African - just like us.
We work, laugh, chat with our children running around – and produce high quality cotton items, exporting all over the world already!
Isn’t life in SA grand??

Shop members

  • Gwendolyne Gosselin

    Owner

    From Paris to the Klein Karoo in SA via Lima, from showbizz to leading adventure tours worldwide, I discovered a passion for shweshwe, and created Mathilde & Co. I moved back to France, determined to showcase South African talent to the world.

  • Geraldeen

    Seamstress

    Geraldeen works wonders with a needle! Hundreds of little giraffes are born from her magic touch. Born deaf in a world she'd normally be shunned from, she has sewing degrees, and is mother to a gorgeous daughter .

  • Ilze Davids

    Assistant

    Ilze loves colours and beautiful things. She helps Gwen to design, cut and add the final touches to every product. She also trains our ever growing team!

  • Mathilde

    Muse

    My daughter Mathilde. Actually, One of the foster dogs we were looking after for the Karoo Animal Protection Society (KAPS), a husky named Lulu, who chewed her very french teething giraffe. And lead me to make a fabric substitute pronto.

Production partners

  • Barrydale Handweavers

    South Africa

    A wonderful project set in the Western Cape; South Africa

  • Da Gama

    East London, South Africa

    The one and only manufacturer of Genuine 3 Cats Shweswhe fabric. If it doesn't say so on the back, it's just not the real deal.

  • Cooperative

    Madagascar

    Malgassy ladies make these dresses from large factory offcuts. They were bought directly from the seamstresses following Mathilde & Co's ethic of encouraging women entrepreneurship

  • Sandveld Republic

    South Africa

    Home décor - South Africa

Shop policies

Last updated on August 26, 2020
Bonjour ! Mathilde & Co. is a small cooperative of women based in the little Karoo - we aim to empower as many women as possible in our small rural community by teaching them a skill, the love of a craft and business-sense.

The designer, Gwendolyne has now based herself and her 2 little girls in France where she is setting up the french branch of Mathilde & Co. All products are still manufactured by our power team in Barrydale, South Africa - we're just starting to conquer the world!

Every one of our items is individually handmade in the best of fabrics, with shweshwe as our star cotton.
We live, love, breath, Africa and it's vibrant colours.
From soft toys to handbags, everything we make has a story to tell—a story that starts with one of us and continues with you.
That's the spirit of Ubuntu.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
For returns and exchanges, we will gladly help you within 10 days of receipt of your parcel. However all the postage will be at the customer's own cost.
Unfortunately, no refunds.
Payment
Items are shipped within seven days of recieving proof of payment, unless otherwise discussed with the client.
Shipping
Depending on the item purchased and recipient's address, Mathilde & Co. parcels will either be sent via the French Post Office (standard mail) ort through the South African Post Office, econo parcel, counter to counter, with a tracking number, which we will email you once sent. Parcels can be tracked on www.sapo.co.za.
Mathilde & Co. cannot be held responsible for damage, lost or theft.