WHO ARE WE

Swish Ties is a South Africa business aimed at adding uniquely South Africa flair and vibrancy into your wardrobe. We love ties. We love design. We love South Africa. And what better way to celebrate all 3 elements than through the fabric of shweshwe.

WHAT IS SHWESHWE?

Shweshwe is a printed dyed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing. The bold geometric patterns are complimented by the robust nature of the material and despite it dating back to the 1840’s the designs are fresh, current and uniquely South African.

WHY SWISH?

The name “Swish” derives from the sound the shweshwe dresses would make as it “swished” along in the field. Some believe that this is how the fabric came to be named shweshwe or swish-swish, although others cite the fabric’s association with Lesotho’s King Moshoeshoe I, also spelled “Moshweshwe” as the reason.