R6099/2 Shweshwe Skirt

A woman's A line skirt made of blue shweshwe fabric, featuring the word 'Lesotho'

Shweshwe skirt (Museum Accession Number R6099/2)

This shweshwe skirt was acquired from South African writer and shweshwe expert Juliette Leeb-du Toit. Shweshwe is a printed cotton fabric that is so ubiquitous in southern Africa that it has been called the denim of the region. The name is derived from King Moshoeshoe I of Lesotho (c. 1786 – 1870) who first popularised it. Appropriately the design of this skirt celebrates Lesotho. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Place: Lesotho, Southern Africa, Africa

Date: 2004