Seshweshwe or Seshoeshoe is a printed dyed cotton fabric used for traditional Sotho clothing found in South Africa and Lesotho. The name of this fabric derives from its association with King Moshoeshoe the first from Lesotho. He received the fabric from French missionaries during the 1840s and made it very popular.
It is also known as ‘German print’, sejeremane in Sotho or Ujamani in Xhosa due to German and Swiss settlers who imported the ‘blaudruck’ (blue print) material for their clothing and integrated it in the South African culture. Due to its durability just like denim, Seshweshwe is considered as an age-less fabric for clothing items.
Seshweshwe is used to make traditional Sotho dresses, skirts,aprons and headgear. It is traditionally worn by newly married ladies in the Sotho culture who are also known as makoti aswell as Xhosa women.
Apart from traditional wear, Seshweshwe is nowadays very popular in contemporary South African fashion design for both women and men from various ethnic groups. It is making its mark also in the upholstery and accessories industry.
At Safari Ostrich Farm we have a variety of products ranging from retractable feather dusters, pillowcases and aprons available for our clients to choose from.