R6104/5 Textile; Shweshwe

brown and white shweshwe precut skirt panel featuring Nelson Mandela

Shweshwe skirt panel (Museum Accession number R6104/5)

This skirt panel is made from shweshwe fabric, printed by Da Gama. Shweshwe is a printed cotton fabric that is so ubiquitous in southern Africa that it has been called the denim of the region. The fabric features a portrait of Nelson Mandela or ‘Madiba’ as he was affectionately known in South Africa. This panel comes from the ‘Madiba’ limited edition range of designs made by Da Gama to celebrate Mandela’s life. Shweshwe skirts and dresses often have a flared shapes made from a number of panels, therefore these ready made panels can we puchased and easily tailored into flared garments. Although modern shweshwe comes in a variety of bright colours, the traditional indigo and white or brown and white designs remain incredibly popular. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: Da Gama textiles

Place: South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

Date: 2017