Shweshwe Events Calendar


Studio Visits



Weekly Online Meeting

May 22 at 11am EST
May 29 at 4pm EST

These weekly online meetings replace our monthly hand stitching day retreats, 

started for participants in the #dutchtreatsewalong as shared on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Most participants are completing blocks from the book "Dutch Treat" by Judy Garden, but all hand stitching is welcome.

Online tele-sewing event is free and we can have up to 100 participants!

Please send an email with enquiries.


Studio Visits





Reverse Appliqué

(Traditional or Modern Improv)

Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag

Manhole Cover Quilt

Afrigami Purse

Boro Mending

Select a class that you would like to attend with some friends and make a date.

Please send an email  with inquiries.

Studio Visits

Studio Visits

Studio Visits

Visit the Meerkat Shweshwe Studio in Elora for classes and Open Days

Thursdays from 9-5

By Appointment Only

Make an Appointment on our Home Page

Online shop remains open 

with shipping or contactless pick up

248 Geddes Street Elora ON

The entrance is on David Street as we are on the corner of David and Geddes Street.

Parking at the Elora Arena on David Street.

We are within metres of the Elora Gorge, renowned for beautiful scenic walks and cycle routes.


Trunk Shows

Studio Visits

Meerkat Shweshwe imports and sells shweshwe prints 100% cotton ethically produced by Da Gama Textiles in South Africa

All Events cancelled for 2020.

Please send an email with enquiries.

Trunk Shows

Trunk Shows

Trunk Shows

Shweshwe Trunk Show and presentation for quilting guilds to tell the history of this heritage fabric

Virtual Trunk shows can be arranged for online meetings.

Please send an email with enquiries.

"The Bolt and the Beautiful: The Shweshwe Saga"


A slide presentation and trunk show with shweshwe items to illustrate the fascinating history of shweshwe and how it connects with the world history of textile production and trade.


Trunk Shows

Trunk Shows

Shweshwe is a heritage cotton print that requires pre-washing.

Do you need to pre-wash  Shweshwe?

Shweshwe is a heritage product still made the same as in the industrial revolution. It requires a pre-wash before cutting and sewing.

Just soak your fabric in warm water and hang it out to dry. Plain and simple. No detergents or washing machine required.

You may do a subsequent rinse in lukewarm salty water if you choose.

Contact Us

Drop us a line to ask about our events or book your spot!

Meerkat Shweshwe

Meerkat Trading 248 Geddes Street Elora, ON N0B1S0 CA

(519) 846-5289