Tswana people, who are also referred to as Batswana, have one of the most interesting cultures in South Africa. They are a Bantu-speaking ethnic group who formally reside in Southern African countries, mostly South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. With about 5 million Tswana speakers in South Africa, the Tswana people have attained popularity in the country due to their rich culture ― unique Tswana traditional attires (which are of diverse modern styles), Setswana names, music, and art. The Tswana traditional dresses are normally made of cotton fabric known as Shweshwe.
These fabrics previously existed in indigo color, but nowadays, they have color variants and are mostly worn during wedding celebrations, as well as other traditional affairs. Following evolving trends in fashion, there have been innovations in Tswana traditional dressing styles, leading to the birth of several Tswana-inspired dresses that have been trending in the last few years. Hence, there are many modern Tswana traditional attires couples can rock on their big day and also wear to different functions.
Tswana Couple Attires For Wedding
Check out amazing modern Tswana traditional attires couples can rock on their wedding day or to a wedding celebration.
1. Tswana Inspired Mermaid Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired White Shirt With Tswana Print Trouser (Male)
Atop our list of modern Tswana traditional attires for couples is the Tswana-inspired mermaid gown for the bride and Tswana-inspired white shirt and Tswana print trouser for the groom. Having a nice combination of shweshwe print and white fabric, this style is a true definition of elegance in simplicity as it has a simple but classic look. This style can be rocked by couples on their traditional wedding day and white wedding as well. Though it is unique, it showcases the Tswana cultural heritage to the fullest.
The groom’s shirt is Tswana-inspired as the white fabric is designed with Tswana print which is also used for the trouser. Then the bride’s gown features a pronounced V-neckline with an open chest. It is a long gown with short sleeves and is fitted from the top to the knee level where it becomes free, creating the mermaid design. The gown is adorned with shweshwe material used to tape the rim of the off-shoulder and around the knee. Shweshwe print is further used to design one side of the gown, making it super gorgeous.
2. Tswana Traditional Beaded Gown (Female) Kaftan Styled Top with Tswana Print Trouser (Male)
This beautiful Tswana traditional dress for couples is mostly used for traditional wedding celebrations. Here, we can see that the couple’s outfits are made with the same material – a Tswana print and plain white fabric. The style is unique and classic as beads were used to beautify the top of the bride’s gown, forming a gorgeous covering down to the chest region. Also, the bride’s dress is tightly fitted from the top to the knee level where it features a fishtail design. The front side has a stunning blend of the Tswana print with the white fabric while the back has the plain white fabric all through.
The bride’s scarf is also made from the Tswana print, adding a touch of elegance to the dressing style. With the beads serving as an adornment, this style can be perfectly rocked by beautiful brides without jewelry. Though the groom’s attire is a kaftan-styled shirt and trouser, the style maintains a touch of excellence. The top is a white fabric perfectly blended with Tswana print around the chest region and the trouser is made from the same Tswana fabric.
3. Long Fishtail Tswana Gown (Female) White Kaftan Styled Top With Deep Blue Trouser (Male)
These beautiful Tswana traditional attires are made from a combination of two materials―shweshwe and white fabric. The style portrays simplicity and elegance while projecting the rich cultural inheritance of Batswana. The groom’s outfit is a kaftan-styled white shirt beautified with a long band made from Tswana print, hanging around his neck down to almost knee level. The top is complemented with fitted black trousers and the attire can be rocked with shoes of matching color, including black.
The bride’s outfit is a fitted long gown with a tail at the front side and backside as well and is made with Tswana print. The off-shoulder dress also has a big flap of Tswana fabric around the waist region which is used to form some kind of peplum design. To add further beautifications to the attire, it can be rocked with jewelry and a high heel shoe.
4. Tswana V-Neck Strapless Gown (Female) White Top With Tswana Print Trouser (Male)
Couples can’t go wrong with a V-neck strapless gown made with shweshwe fabric for the bride and a white shirt and Tswana print trouser for the groom on their traditional wedding day. The groom’s top is made with a plain white fabric designed with a long band made from shweshwe material that runs from the shoulder down through the length of the top on one side.
The bride’s dress, which is a strapless long gown, is fitted from the bust to the knee level where it has a mermaid design created with a white net material. The attire gives a full expression of the richness of Tswana culture.
5. Tswana Fabric Flare Skirt and Blouse With Tartan Blanket (Female) Tswana Inspired White Shirt and Black Trouser (Male)
Though this attire is a bit western in nature, it has a touch of Tswana fashion as it is blended with different Tswana fabrics. The tartan blanket also has its place in the true expression of what the Tswana traditional attires stand for―the richness of culture. The bride’s skirt is made with Tswana fabric and is flared. The same fabric is also used for the headscarf. The edge of the skirt has a classy look, having been designed with a tiny long band made with white fabric. The attire can be rocked with a white canvas or shoes.
The groom’s attire, on the other hand, is equally classy as he rocks a Tswana-inspired white top and black trousers. The shirt is designed with a Tswana fabric around the chest and the fabric is also used to create a band around the arm.
Tswana Couple Twinning Attires
For couples that love wearing twinning attires, they can try out these beautiful modern Tswana traditional dress styles listed below with the same shweshwe fabric.
6. Strapless Long Tail Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired Shirt and Trouser (Male)
Here, the lady’s gown is long and strapless with a tail at the back. The dress is a combination of white fabric and a Tswana print as seen in most modern Tswana traditional attires on our list. It is beautifully designed on the bust and waist regions with an overlay of Tswana fabric on top of the white material. The blue shweshwe print is also attached by the side of the dress and runs down to the tail design. The lady’s headscarf is equally made from the same Tswana print.
Just like the lady’s dress, her partner also wore a Tswana-inspired white shirt designed with the same shweshwe fabric on one hand and some part of the chest region while the trouser is completely made with the Tswana material. This style can be worn with white sneakers or white high heel shoes for the ladies. Couples can be sure to turn all eyes on them when they rock this fabulous twinning attire to any kind of event as the dressing style perfectly blends western and native style together, producing a stunning combination.
7. Tswana Inspired Sleeveless, Mermaid Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired Kaftan Styled Top With White Trouser (Male)
This eye-catching combination beautifully portrays simplicity and elegance and interestingly, it expresses the uniqueness of the Tswana culture. The twinning attire can be rocked by lovebirds on their big day or to social functions. The dressing style features a combo of a multi-color shweshwe material and a plain white fabric. The man is wearing a kaftan-styled white top designed with Tswana print while the trouser is solely made with white fabric.
The lady’s outfit is a sleeveless long gown mostly made with white fabric and designed with the same shweshwe material used for her partner’s outfit. The mermaid tail design on the lady’s dress gives it a gorgeous look and the attire can be further adorned with a piece of jewelry.
8. One Arm Strapless Mermaid Gown (Female) Tswana Fabric Shirt and Trouser (Male)
This is another gorgeous Tswana traditional twinning attire for couples. The style showcases the uniqueness of the cultural inheritance of the Tswana people and at the same time maintains a touch of class, elegance, and simplicity. The attire is made of three combinations which include a multi-color Tswana print, a deep blue net material, and plain white fabric. While the man’s outfit didn’t feature the deep blue net material, the beautiful combination of the Tswana fabric and white material for the top makes a whole lot of sense. His fitted trouser is made solely with the Tswana fabric.
Having only one arm made with white fabric, the lady’s long gown looks amazing. It is tightly fitted from the bust to the knee level where it has a mermaid tail design made with the deep blue net material. The beautiful gown also has a waistband made from white fabric, as well as a one-sided peplum design. This Tswana traditional twinning attire can be rocked by couples on their wedding day and also to traditional celebrations.
9. White Shirt With Tswana Fabric Flare Skirt (Female) Tswana Print Shirt and Trouser (Male)
Just like some of the dressing styles on our list, this attire tends towards western style but boasts a lovely Tswana fashion blend. It is made of a combination of a blue shweshwe material and plain white fabric. The lady’s shirt is made with a plain white material while her skirt is completely made with a Tswana print. It is flare and has a pleated design at the knee level. Her headscarf is equally made from the same Tswana fabric. She additionally wrapped a piece of plain white wool fabric from her shoulder down to the abdominal region.
Also, her man rocked the same Tswana print as his shirt is made of a combination of the shweshwe material and a piece of white fabric. His trouser is completely made with the Tswana print.
10. Armless Short Mermaid Gown (Female) Kaftan Styled Top With Tswana Fabric Trouser (Male)
Made from the blending of a shweshwe material and plain white fabric, this attire speaks uniqueness and maintains an expression of elegance and beauty. The lady’s dress is a below-the-knee armless gown with a short mermaid tail design. From the bust to above knee level is tightly fitted and is mostly made with white fabric and designed with tiny bands made from a Tswana print. The dress is further beautified with loose pleated flaps made from a combination of white net material and Tswana fabric attached to the bust. The man’s outfit is a Tswana-inspired kaftan white top with deep blue trousers.
11. Sleeveless, Net Shoulder Mermaid Gown (Female) Tswana Print Shirt With White Trouser (Male)
Here is another Tswana traditional twinning attire for couples that beautifully combine the western and native styles, producing an electrifying outfit. The style explicitly portrays class and beauty and can be worn as a Tswana traditional wedding dress. The man’s style is a simple corporate shirt and trousers but the combination of the shweshwe material and white fabric adds a touch of excellence to it. While the shirt is solely made with a Tswana fabric, the trouser is made from white fabric. He further complemented the style with a white shoe.
The lady’s beautiful attire, on the other hand, is a sleeveless, net shoulder mermaid gown made from a combination of Tswana fabric and white net material and it forms a perfect blend with her partner’s outfit. The white fabric runs from the shoulder to the cleavage level and is also used for the mermaid tail design, as well the waistband. Her headscarf is further made of plain white fabric.
Tswana Informal Couple Attires
In recent years, innovations in fashion have given birth to the sensational combination of the native and western styles together. Check them out below.
12. Tswana Inspired Strapless Ball Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired White Top With Deep Blue Trouser (Male)
This is another classy attire perfect for couples to rock for Tswana traditional wedding. Though it has a corporate appearance, it fully showcases the Tswana cultural heritage. The man’s style is a Tswana-inspired white top and deep blue trousers. The beautiful bride here is rocking a long strapless ball gown with a pronounced V-neckline. While the upper part is fitted and beaded, the lower part, starting from the waist region, is loose and completely made with a light blue net fabric. Also, her headscarf is made from the same Tswana print.
13. Tswana Inspired Long Fishtail Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired Black Shirt With Suit and Black Trouser (Male)
This elegant combination of Tswana fabric and a plain red material is ideal for couples’ celebration of love, either in the form of a wedding or marriage anniversary. The man’s outfit is a suit made of plain red material and the inner black shirt has a touch of the Tswana, same with his pocket band. He further complemented his attire with fitted black trousers and black shoes as well. The lady’s beautiful gown is tightly fitted and has one hand off-shoulder. While the top of the gown is mostly made with Tswana fabric, the lower part of the dress, starting from the waist, is made with red fabric. Also, the front side and backside tail designs are made from the same Tswana fabric, producing a classy outfit.
14. Off Shoulder Flare Gown (Female) White Shirt With Tswana Print Trouser (Male)
This attire symbolizes simplicity while also expressing the uniqueness of the culture of Batswana. Here, the lady is rocking a lovely off-shoulder flare gown that is below knee level. From the top to the waist region is fitted while the lower part is flared. The dress is completely made with a blue and white Tswana fabric. The lady further complemented her outfit with a headscarf made of the same shweshwe material. Her partner, on the other hand, is wearing a simple white shirt and trousers made from the same Tswana fabric.
15. Butterfly Tswana Fabric Tail Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired Suit With Black Trouser (Male)
Lovebirds can rock this Tswana informal outfit on their big day. The style is simply gorgeous and unique as the lady’s gown has wings like a butterfly as the name implies. The off-shoulder fitted dress perfectly blends a Tswana fabric with white lace material and equally, a white net material. While the top is a combination of the Tswana print and the lace material, the lower part is mostly made of shweshwe material. Attached from the waist is a long tail with side wings made from white net material. The side wings and backside tail have a touch of the shweshwe fabric at the edges. The man, on the other hand, is wearing a suit made of Tswana print and black trousers.
16. Strapless Mermaid Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired Suit (Male)
Perfect for a wedding dress, this modern Tswana traditional attire boasts a simple but classic look that will definitely blow the mind of many couples. The lady’s outfit is a combination of three different materials. The gorgeous strapless mermaid gown is tightly fitted from the bust to above knee level. Then from above the knee level has a mermaid tail design made with deep blue lace material. The outfit is further adorned with a waistband, headscarf, and a classy purse which are made from different shweshwe fabrics. Her man is rocking a deep blue Tswana-inspired suit that has a classic look.
17. Tswana Inspired, Sleeveless Long Gown With Heavy Pleated Flaps (Female) Suit With Tswana Fabric Covering (Male)
Here is another Tswana informal attire that every couple would like to rock on their traditional wedding celebration or even white wedding celebration. The lady’s outfit is made from a combination of three different fabrics―shweshwe material, deep blue fabric, and sky blue net material. Her sleeveless gown has a pronounced V-neckline and equally features pleated loose flaps of plain deep-blue material from the waist region to toe level. It is further beautified with Tswana print at the tips of the flaps and the V-neckline design as well.
Also, a pleated sky-blue net material is joined to the loose flaps at the backside of the gown. The man’s style is quite simple as he wore a suit and then used a shweshwe fabric to cover from his shoulder down to the toe level.
18. Tswana Inspired, Off Shoulder, Fishtail Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired Suit (Male)
Ideal as a Tswana traditional wedding attire, you can be sure to turn the party on with this amazing style. This combination of Tswana print, plain material, and lace fabric looks stunning. The man is wearing a suit made from a shweshwe fabric and designed with deep blue linen material. He also complemented the outfit with deep blue trousers. His partner is looking beautiful in her Tswana-inspired off-shoulder gown. The waist region of the dress down to the toe level is made of a deep blue linen material designed with a fishtail while the upper part is a combination of a Tswana print and lace fabric. Her headscarf is also made of the same Tswana print.
19. Tswana Inspired Mermaid Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired Suit With Black Trousers (Male)
This gorgeous Tswana attire gives couples the opportunity to express their value for Tswana culture and tradition in a unique and classy way as it blends the western and native styles together. Here, the man is wearing a suit made from Tswana print and black trousers. Whereas the lady is rocking a strapless mermaid gown which is beautified with a net linen cape. The dress is tightly fitted from the bust to the knee level where two-step loose flaps are attached. Also, a shweshwe material is used to design a big band around her waist region and her headscarf is made from the same shweshwe fabric.
20. Off Shoulder, Long Flare Gown (Female) Tswana Inspired White Shirt With Tswana Print Trouser (Male)
The combination of Tswana print and a plain white material in this particular outfit makes a remarkable fashion effect. When rocked on a wedding day, it will undoubtedly garner strong admiration from guests. The man’s attire is a Tswana-inspired white shirt and trousers made solely with a Tswana print. His partner is equally rocking the same Tswana fabric sewed into a lovely off-shoulder flare gown. The top of the dress is fitted and the bust region is designed with a white floral pattern.
The arms of the dress are made completely of plain white material, forming a good combination with the shweshwe fabric. Her headscarf is equally made of the same Tswana print. This outfit can be rocked with a high heel shoe or a flat shoe and can go without jewelry.