About Us

Welcome to ShweshweBaby!

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!

Please visit the store to see our sunhats, bibs, onesies, feeding aprons, and more …. but if you have a moment, scroll down to meet the team…

Meet our team


    Tessa cuts out all the applique animals by hand, and also matches the colours to get the most attractive contrasts

    Owner and creative

    Alex looks after the spreadsheets, website and Facebook marketing

    Owner and Website

    All items we have created in Shweshwe have been tested by Benjamin! We found them useful when he was small and we hope you will too

    Chief Tester
Universal Chair
Video footage of our chair in action

All our products Are: