South African Shweshwe Attiire for couples 2023

The various incarnations of isishweshwe — Zulu for “blueprint cloth” — help us to understand SA’s history and culture, and its earliest trading with Europeans.

Smell, taste and touch are all engaged in the authentication of isishweshwe fabric by discerning buyers. It is salty to the taste, starchy to the touch and has a distinctive smell. A great deal of information can be gleaned about people from reading their attire: their financial status, fashion consciousness and gender alignment.

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