George wrapper is also known as the African George fabric. We can trace the origin of this fabric to the Igbo people from the South-Eastern part of South Africa. This fabric is known for having beautiful embroidery as well as being comfortable and very soft.
George wrappers have a celebratory and regal appearance and have been used by royal and noble families in Africa. They are used as wedding attires and for special ceremonies as well as other events. How much does it cost to purchase a George wrapper in South Africa today? Continue reading this post to find out the answer to this question and several others.
Prices of George Wrapper in South Africa
There are many types of George wrapper materials on the market today. The cost of the wrapper depends on several factors. Some of these factors include:
- Location of purchase
- Import duties
- Size of the material
- Quality of the material
- Design of the material
We have helped you out to survey the market to find out the prices of the different George wrapper fabrics. After our survey, we prepared the list below showing some of the most popular products and their prices.
- 2-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric (White and Gold): R$720 – R$900
- 2-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric with side borders (Magenta): R$864 – R$1,080
- 3-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric with Embroidery/stones (White and gold): R$1,800 – R$2,520
- 2-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric (Champagne gold): R$900 – R$1,080
- 3-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric (Coral Peach): R$900 – R$1,152
- 3-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric (Gold): R$1,710 – R$2,340
- 3-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric with full embroidery (Red): R$864 – R$1,116
- 2-in-1 Indian George Wrappers Fabric (Turquoise green): R$576 – R$792
- Nigerian George Lace men and women dress fabric (5 yards): R$1,552 – R$1,836
- Nigerian George Lace men and women dress fabric cotton lace (5 yards): R$1,584 – R$1,980
- Blue background George Material (6 yards): R$270 – R$396
- Indian George 3-in-1 fabric (Royal Blue): R$897 – R$1,260
- Indian George 3-in-1 fabric silver design (peach): R$1,041 – R$1,440
- Indian George 3-in-1 fabric (Yellow): R$897 – R$1,260
- Indian George 3-in-1 fabric (magenta): R$1,764 – R$2,160
- Indian Beaded George 3-in-1 fabric (Teal Blue): R$1,764 – R$2,232
We have mentioned above that several factors determine the prices of these products. In the same vein, these factors along with changes in government policies can result in volatile price changes. We will update this post once we notice any price changes. Meanwhile, let’s learn more about George wrappers in the next section.
Brief History of George Wrappers
Have you ever wondered how George Wrappers came about? What is their origin? Well, we will share a little about this in this section.
George fabric, also known as African George or Indian George, is made from viscose. It is a semi-synthetic fibre and is created from the dissolution of wood pulp. After dissolving the pulp, it is refined into filament.
George materials are very similar to cotton materials in the way they look and in their texture. However, the difference lies in the deeper softness of the George material against the skin. This brings us to the question, “Where was George fabric first produced?”
This soft semi-synthetic fabric was first invented in France by an industrialist known as Hilaire de Chardonnet. He is the same person that invented artificial silk. This brings us to another question, “if George fabric wasn’t invented in Africa, how did it get here?”
George fabrics were first imported to Africa in 1893. At the time, tailors began adopting it into their expensive clothing lines. Since then, George fabrics have been used for all kinds of ceremonies especially by the people of the South East and South-South of South Africa.
Factors to Consider When Choosing George Wrappers
As e mentioned above, there are so many George wrapper materials on the market. If you don’t know much about the materials, you may have some issues with choosing your materials. You don’t want to pick the wrong materials since George Wrappers are quite costly. In this section, we will show you a few factors to consider before buying George Wrappers.
One of the first factors that one must consider in buying George fabrics is their durability. By durability, we mean how long the material lasts after purchase. Some materials can stay several years without getting spoilt. Others will get worse and start to produce fibre after a few uses. If you are not too sure about the fabric, we suggest that you go to the market with a more experienced individual. Alternatively, you can visit the store of a trusted vendor and ask your questions before purchasing. The fact that a material is costly doesn’t necessarily mean that it is more durable than less costly materials.
Another important factor to consider is the design of the material. The design contributes to the cost of the material. But more than this, the design determines the kind of style that you can sew with the fabric. Some George fabrics come with a lot of embroideries while in others, the embroidery is minimal. Also, some George fabrics come with beads while others have stones. You need to figure out which design best suits your purposes before you shell out money.
The style that you want to sew
Now that you have checked the durability and design of the material, you must determine if it suits the style you want to sew. Not every George fabric is perfect for every style. Some styles need softer or more embroidered fabric than others. You can speak to your tailor to find out before you visit the market. On the other hand, you can get a picture of the style you want to sew and take it along to the market. Show it to the vendor and ask them for some advice before making a purchase.
It is impossible to talk about factors to consider when choosing George fabrics without mentioning the cost. Some of these fabrics are costlier than others as you would have noticed from our list above. Make your choice based on how much you are willing and able to spare for the fabric at the time.