About the designer
When Helena was born in 2014 I started sewing again after a twenty year ‘break’. Soon I had sewn more baby dresses that she could possibly wear and I realised I didn’t want to stop. Nana was born. (Nana means baby in Setswana, a language spoken across Botswana and large parts of South Africa.) A year later Matthys joined our little family, and Nana grew to include boys’ wear. Then you asked for larger sizes, and we listened: Nana is now available for girls and boys between the ages of 3 months and 9 years.
I love most fabrics, but am particularly inspired by the beautiful 100% cotton shweshwe fabrics worn across Southern Africa to weddings and special occasions. The vibrant, bright colours introduced in recent years by South African manufacturer, Da Gama Textiles, just beg to be sewn into fun outfits for little people. And because Da Gama’s fabric ranges keep on changing from year to year, and all designs come in limited editions, your little ones will look as unique as they are.
We aim to create high quality, durable and affordable pieces that can be passed from child to child, ensuring years of value. All Nana gear is handmade in South Africa with lots of love.
Parcels are wrapped ready for gifting and we will gladly include a hand-written card with your personal message if required.
Your order will be sent by courier, and we'll pay, provided your order is for more than R500 (less than the price of a party dress!). Delivery to some VERY outlying areas (think lighthouse/army base/houseboat/tent on an island) may attract a surcharge. As much as we'd like to, we cannot afford to cover this. We will let you know if this is the case, and you can provide an alternative address or select an alternative shipping method (like the Post Office, but it will be at own risk.) Courier costs for orders to be delivered outside South Africa are subject to quotation.
All items in this shop are in stock and available to ship immediately. Should you require an item in a different size or colour, please e-mail us to check whether it will be possible and establish lead time.
All items are handmade.
Slight variations in colour and print are an inherent characteristic of Da Gama Three Cats shweshwe. Although all fabric is washed before it is sewn, please also remember to wash dark colours separately as colours may still run initially. And don't sit on a wet white sofa... or on a white sofa with a wet bum. Something like that.
If you are not entirely happy with your purchase, we will gladly accept returns within 7 days of receipt of your parcel. All items returned must be unworn in original packaging with tags still attached. The customer is responsible for return shipping costs. Once we receive the returned parcel in good order, a credit note will be issued in the form of a gift card for use in the Nana store.
While we make every effort to produce well-made items and control quality carefully, we are just human and sometimes make mistakes. Please let us know if you are have any problems with your garments. If we are were at fault, we will replace the garment or offer you a full refund. If we require a return of the garment, we will pay for the shipping.