South African Shweshwe fashion styles
South Africa is known for its rich culture and traditions. It is no surprise that the Shweshwe fashion design originates from them. This women fashion is loved by many in South Africa and has found its way in the rest of Africa and the world as well.
Shweshwe is a printed and dyed cotton fabric and it is was once used to create very simple traditional dresses in South Africa. Now the Shweshwe fashion has modernized the use of print fabric in the world. This fabric come mainly in three colors which are red, brown, and blue.
Origin of the Shweshwe fabric
This fabric was introduced to South Africa by German immigrants. It was first printed in India. When the German settler began wearing it in the 19th century, South African Xhosa women replaced their traditional hides and skin clothing with it. Traditionally, in Xhosa weddings the bride is required to wear Shweshwe. The name Shweshwe, however, came from the sound the fabric produced when worn.
Who can wear Shweshwe?
The good this about Shweshwe fashion style, it can be worn by any woman regardless of age, color or body size. Being that you can get to custom make the outfit to suit your body, any person can look good wearing a Shweshwe.
Because of the different colors that now this fabric comes in, people of all skin colors look good in it. The blue Shweshwe was most loved by the traditional South African women because it blended so well with their dark skin.
Men have also adopted this style in their clothing. They incorporate this fabric especially in their shirts or t-shirts and look equally good and classy.
Where can you wear it?
The Shweshwe fashion style has been adopted in various occasions or places around the world. Celebrities have also introduced it to the red carpet where it is now very much loved.
You can be sure to find Shweshwe in the office, church, parties, different events and functions like fashion shows or charity events. The Shweshwe fashion style can fit anywhere.
Being a traditional wedding attire, Shweshwe can still be found in wedding both in South Africa and the rest of the world. Many brides have been known to mix their wedding gowns with some Shweshwe fabric as their bridal team rocks the full Shweshwe style. Guests in weddings, are also known to love this African attire.
Designers have also started using the Shweshwe fabric to make bags, shoes, hats, neck pieces and throw pillows. Shweshwe indeed is a fashion trend.
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