Hello from the sunny side of the earth! I'm in Cape Town for work, with a little holiday tacked on the end. Two days of travel to get here, straight into the lab to set up the assay strains, a whirlwind day of touristing with my bosses, two days of meetings, followed by three days of hosting a lab training session.....I was wrung out.
The shwe shwe was available in several widths and interestingly, in pre-printed panels: the fabric was sold by the section (gore), so you just decided how many sections you needed to go around you and paid accordingly. Some of the fabric was printed on both sides; I imagine making a stiff pleated skirt with a waistband from the reverse fabric.
My colleague (or by now, I should say friend), lamented that she should buy some shwe shwe and make a skirt too, but never learned to sew and doesn't have the time. I countered that I have a full time job and two kids, and I still manage to squeeze in a few hours a week, so I may have inspired another sewing scientist. I mean *another* Another Sewing Scientist ;)
My bag is stuffed, so I think I'll stop there. Well, if I stumble across more great fabric at a market, I may not be able to resist, but I'll try.