I’ve been digging into my old treasure trove of indigo cotton prints from South Africa. Many of the prints were bought in the late 60’s and early 1970’s when I still lived in South Africa. The local blue print cotton, known as shwe-shwe was made in Europe and exported for the African trade in South Africa. The cotton were old Victorian prints and they were cheap. I wrote about my experiences of buying this fabric in the Madrasas and Indian Market area of Durban. You can read that post here.
One of the brands was Three Cats and it is stamped on the back of the fabric.
So much memory of my life in South Africa is coded in this cloth. It transports me to a steamy city by the Indian Ocean, it’s spicy scents and friendly bargaining in the market place. A very long time ago, I sewed long lengths of this shwe-shwe cotton into sheets which turned me blue when the indigo rubbed off on me in the night.
I’ve started stitching small 1 1/4″ squares of the indigo prints onto a linen ground. I like the wiggly spaces left from my appliqué stitching.
I’ve been stitching even while at the hairdressers!