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Starting on a small budget, Alex invested her time into manufacturing her first Yoga bag doing everything herself, from the washing and ironing, to the cutting.

She particularly loved the cutting of the fabric, as it became a moving meditation for her – a time to quieten her mind as she focused on the accuracy of her work.


Creating Wellness Essentials

Alex started Simply ShweShwe after 27 years in the Nursing profession as an ICU and Theatre Sister when she resigned to nurture and home school her son who is on the Autism spectrum.

After a busy professional life, the need to continue working for her independence was important to her and combined with her love of Yoga and colour, Alex started exploring and researching the demand for locally manufactured Yoga props.

Why Sattva?

The name Sattva comes from the Hindu philosophy of the three gunas.

In Ayurveda and spiritual practices, we seek to invite and maintain balance of the self, mind, and body through the three gunas.  The three gunas are the modes of existence, being Rajas (passion and activity), Tamas (destruction and chaos) and Sattva – being the qualities of balance, truth, serenity, peacefulness, goodness, and positivity.

The History of ShweShwe

We specialise in using the ShweShwe fabric with its bold colour prints. The fabric is coated in a waxy layer with a pleasing smell that is synonymous with Shweshwe. This wax coating was used in the seafaring days to preserve the fabric as it sailed the seas to other countries. After washing the fabric, the wax gives way to reveal a soft but sturdy cotton.

Our yoga and meditation props are made from pre-washed ShweShwe and your purchase also affords an income to two local families.

Malam and Brigit stitch each item with dedication, precision, and love.  We have now expanded our range to include neutral colours. 

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