16 Traditional Wedding Dresses by Shifting Sands African Couture

Shifting Sands African Couture is a well-known name in the traditional wedding dresses scene in South Africa. The owner of the brand, Sanette van Schalkwyk, has more than 30 years experience in the fashion industry. She combines her love of beads, colours, and textures with her African roots to create stunning wedding dresses that are adored across the globe. Her gowns feature a modern African flair suitable and appropriate for all nationalities and cultures.

Shifting Sands‘ one-of-a-kind creations have been seen on catwalks all over the world. Recently Sanette was nominated for a Mbokodo Award for her outstanding and valuable contribution in the field of arts and culture in South Africa. She also worked with Ebontu for an amazing styled photoshoot – Have a look here! To inspire you some more, we have listed 16 of their stunning modern, traditional dresses below.

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16 Must-See Traditional Wedding Dresses

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Shifting Sands African Couture is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng however, they supply their dresses countrywide. Contact Sanette and her team now to book an appointment or to buy your amazing Traditional Wedding Dresses. Sanette also supplies matching traditional wear for grooms. That way you and your husband-to-be will look like the perfect harmonious pair during the ceremony.

For more wedding dress inspiration, head over to our Ebontu Blogs section. Or if you are looking for your white wedding dress, have a look at Tsotetsi KL’s range of designer gowns for ideas. If you need a wedding planner, decor, photographer or more, our suppliers directory features the best vendors in the wedding industry. Plan your perfect South African Wedding with Ebontu!

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