Traditional Dresses shouldn’t be limited to Heritage Day ‘dress-up’. South African women must show the world just how proud they are of their respective cultures. Some women only get to wear Traditional Dresses in Heritage month in South Africa and parade around the office in their traditional attire.
When the Heritage month is over, most African women fold the Traditional Dresses, beads and headdresses and place them neatly back into their cupboards until either the next wedding, traditional ceremony or the following September.
In African countries such as Tanzania, Nigeria and Senegal, what we view as traditional attire is their everyday clothes for the people who live there.
In South Africa, we still have women who still hold their cultural traditions very close to their hearts. These people prefer eating traditional food, living a simplistic life and wearing their traditional attires. When we talk about the ethnic clothes of some cultures, we can notice that they are very striking. They often often attract people’s attention wherever they go.
What is Shweshwe?
SeShweshwe, also known as seshoeshoe or isishweshwe, is a printed dyed cotton fabric widely used for traditional Southern African clothing. Originally dyed indigo, the fabric is manufactured in a variety of colours and printing designs characterized by intricate geometric patterns. According to sunika.co.za, he trade marked fabric of Shweshwe is manufactured by Da Gama textiles in Zwelitsa township outside King Williams town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Shweshwe Dresses in South Africa
Shweshwe is traditionally used to make dresses, skirts, aprons and wraparound clothing. Shweshwe clothing is traditionally worn by newly married Xhosa women, known as Makoti and married Sotho women. Xhosa women have also incorporated the fabric into their traditional ochre-coloured blanket clothing. Let’s look at some of trendy Shweshwe Traditional Dress in South Africa for 2020.
List Of Best African Traditional Dresses Images in 2020
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.