Football ShweShwe -Light Green

Throw Pillows

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catherine barnhoorn

Knysna, South Africa

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Sizing Information

Size Perfect for Insert available
Throw Pillow 16 x 16 inch Couch, Bed
Throw Pillow 18 x 18 inch Couch, Bed
Throw Pillow 20 x 20 inch Couch, Bed
Throw Pillow 24 x 24 inch Couch, Bed, Floor
Throw Pillow 26 x 26 inch Couch, Bed, Floor
Floor Pillow 36 x 36 inch Floor Cover only
Note: Some designs are not available in all sizes.

We recommend using inserts/fills that are bigger than the covers to ensure a plump finish

Features

  • Vibrant double-sided print throw pillows to update any room
  • Independent designs, custom printed when you order
  • Soft and durable 100% Spun Polyester cover with an optional Polyester fill/insert
  • Concealed zip opening for a clean look and easy care

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A pattern design inspired by football and Africa. It draws inspiration from the traditional African fabric called Shwe Shwe.

Modern shweshwe fabric comes in many colours, and is used mainly for African traditional dress. It has had a long journey, from the indigo fabric-makers of India to South Africa – via 18th-century German settlers.

Shweshwe fabric has even appeared on the catwalks of Paris.

Shweshwe they say, is what you hear when Xhosa ladies go by in their traditional dresses.

The formal name for shweshwe (also sometimes written shwe shwe) is ‘Indigo-dyed discharge printed fabric’. Historians claim that indigo cloth arrived in Africa more than 2 000 years ago, used as trade goods by the Arabs and Indians.
But it really took off in South Africa when German settlers introduced it to the Xhosa people in the mid-1800s.

Shweshwe is a stiff cotton fabric that initially came from India and was heavily starched to fight off the damp in the ships’ storage compartments as it crossed the ocean to the Eastern Cape.

Xhosa women took a look at these wondrous bolts of cloth, fell in love with the shweshwe fabric and made it their own.

Da Gama Textiles in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, has – in honour of former president Nelson Mandela – brought out a ‘Madiba’s Range’ of the fabric, with his face adorned in the centre.

Da Gama has been producing shweshwe fabric since 1948, supplying an ever-faithful traditional market.

Although many associate the word ‘shweshwe’ with the familiar rustling of the fabric, others say it was named after King Moshoeshoe I of the Basotho.

In the 1840s, French missionaries gave some of the cloth to King Moshoeshoe and this, it is claimed, led to the name ishweshwe.

Whatever the origin of the name, shweshwe is a traditional dress fabric that has become wildly popular in modern African couture culture.

Source – http://www.southafrica.net

Available in different colours. All the colours are from a complimentary colour palette so you could buy a couple of throw pillows in different colours and they would look great together.

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