This beautiful purple shwe swhe print crossbody bag from South Africa will brighten your day. The outer cotton fabric of the purse has been fused to a heavy interfacing and has a 100% cotton lining, making it stronger than ever. The bag features an abundance of space that will help you keep all of your must-haves organized and within easy reach, and now includes interior zipper pocket. Two outer pouch pockets will safely store your phone, pens, keys, or whatever you'd like to have within easy reach. With a strap drop range from 32cm (12) to 70cm (27"), you can wear this bag tucked under your arm, slung over one shoulder, or as a crossbody bag.
Handmade with care in South Africa.
care The fabric has been pre-washed for softness and to prevent shrinkage on subsequent washings. It is machine washable in cold water (gentle cycle recommended) and can be ironed on a cool setting.
details - Authentic South African shwe swhe cotton fused to heavy weight interfacing - Cotton twill (lining) fused to medium weight interfacing - Inside zip pocket - Two outer front pouch pockets - Fully lined - Dual quick release buckle closures - Adjustable shoulder strap with 32cm (12") to 70cm (27") range - 23cm (9") X 30cm (12") X11cm (4")
authentic Shweshwe fabric can trace its origins in South Africa back to the early 1840s when French missionaries presented King Moshoeshoe I of what is present day Lesotho with a gift of indigo printed cloth. Later, Xhosa women gradually started adding this cloth to their traditional clothing and still wear it today. Current variations of the cloth have been printed in South Africa since the early 1980s, including other colours such as red and brown. The fabric is still printed using the original discharge method of feeding the fabric through surface-etched copper rollers using a discharge solution to bleach out the distinctive white designs.
Authentic shweshwe is 100% cotton, is stamped on the back with the Three Cats logo, has a peculiar odour before washing (this is from the starching process) , and is recognizable by its more saturated colours. I only use authentic shweshwe (there are cheap copies being made these days using poly-cotton); I’ll send you a small sample of the fabric with your bag as my guarantee of authenticity.