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 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 keeps a watchful eye on design and colours, plus collaborates on new product

    Owner and creative

    Alex runs the operations, working with our seamstresses. Plus keeps the website and Facebook ticking over

    Owner and Operations

    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

    not a baby any more!

    We started ShweshweBaby when Charlie was just a "bump". Like his brother he puts our creations to test!

    new cheif tester
Universal Chair
Video footage of our chair in action

All our products Are:



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