About the designer
Tessa & Alex run Shweshwe Baby from Cape Town. We moved here in 2008 from London. We decided to combine baby accessories that we found useful with Shweshwe material, creating beautifully functional items. All our products are 100% cotton (except play mat) and are hand made by seamstresses working in the Cape Town area.
Shweshwe fabric was brought to South Africa by missionaries from Germany in the 1840s – they presented their gifts to King Moshweshwe of Lesotho… and legend has it that’s how it got the name. Others say it represents the swishing noise the fabric makes when it’s worn.
In the 19th century, Shweshwe was only available in indigo – but today, while the underlying themes remain, the variety of colours and patterns is amazing!
We can ship within SA and internationally using a courier service. These costs are shown during the order process. For customer in the Cape Town areas we offer a free collection from Pinelands or Century City. You should select this options in the checkout, and when we receive the order we’ll be in touch to arrange collection.
Unless in the case of manufacturing fault, we don’t accept returns. Please use the head measure guides to ensure sunhats are the right size.
Order Lead Times
We keep limited stock – mainly to cover our markets ([ link hidden ], [ link hidden ]). We will fulfill your order from stock where possible, but otherwise it will be made-to-order and take approximately 7 days to be ready to ship or collect.
If you see a colour or animal you like (for example on a bib or onesie) but you don’t see it available in your size or colour – please ask! We are very happy to make up special orders as we don’t keep every possible variation in stock.