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PROEbags / PROEsakke

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From Hay Box To PROEbag

Inventor Karl von Drais developed the German hay box during the first part of the 19th century and this “fireless cooker” has been used ever since. Originally hay or straw were the commonly used insulators: pots of food would be brought to a boil and placed in a box with hay or straw under, around and on top of the pot. Nowadays even sleeping bags and backpacks are used by campers and hikers to ensure a hot meal at the end of the day!

A hay box, straw box, fireless cooker, insulation cooker, retained-heat cooker, wonder oven, wonder box, wonder bag... whatever the name, this simple way of preparing food has been used by many generations all over the world. The “hay box” concept is tried and trusted: food is heated to boiling point, well insulated, and then “slow cooks”. Food can’t burn and the cooking method seals in healthy nutrients and wholesome goodness.

  • A key element of making potjiekos also applies here: keep the lid ON, otherwise the cooking process will be interrupted.
  • IMPORTANT: To avoid the risk of bacterial growth when keeping food at 5-60 °C for more than an hour, reheat to boiling on a stove or in a microwave.

How To Use Your PROEbag / Gebruik Jou PROEsak Só

The versatile PROEbag can be taken everywhere. Handles have been designed so that you can also carry it back-pack style or swing it across a shoulder. At home you don’t have to hide it: display your colourful shweshwe bag on top of a cupboard to make a statement. And if you like entertaining buffet style, buy a few because PROEbags are perfect for such occasions. Keep the “hat” in position and the hot or cold food well insulated inside until required. Then open, fold back the edge at the top, heat food again if necessary, add a serving spoon, and dish up straight from the bag. Put the “hat” back afterwards - handy not only to help preserve temperature but also to keep insects away.

  • Potjiekos, bredies, afval, kerrie, wildsvleis, sop, pap, gestoofde vrugte - alles proe net eenvoudig lekkerder uit ’n PROEsak!
  • ’n Absolute moet vir karavane en kampeer: hou byderhand vir daardie slegte weer en min hout oomblikke
  • Kook sommer onderweg na bestemmings; hou bababottels warm, bier en ander drinkgoed koud, wegneem-etes warm of koud
  • Beplan vooraf en spaar hope tyd - maak net warm en rond geregte af wat ure vooraf in die PROEsak gebêre is
  • Ideaal vir kosverkope by markte, hou bv. gaar roti’s binne-in plastiek en voeg vulsels by
  • Casseroles, oxtail, biryani, stock, samp and beans, rice, woofie food - the PROEbag is perfect for any slow cooked dish
  • Save on electricity and water (food can’t burn, one pot to clean)
  • Perfect for picnics, “bring & braai”, sporting events, shopping at food markets (just remember the hot or cold rule)
  • Use for religious days, during power cuts, and in holiday accommodation - the cold option can be handy when fridge space is limited
  • Great when entertaining a crowd: keep food hot or cold (and plates warm) until it’s time to open your PROEbag

Orders / Bestellings


PROEbags are made on order by the Friemersheim Sewing Group and Kraal Kreations @ Die Kraal. Only iconic locally produced Three Cats shweshwe is used. Vibrant, chic and distinctive this “national heritage item” has become a proudly South African trademark instantly recognizable all over the world. Read The Shweshwe Story at the bottom and see more under Origin Stories at

Contact details for orders and enquiries (please send one e-mail to BOTH addresses): Rosanne de Kock (George) @ and Nelma Ruschioni (Mossel Bay area) @

Cost per bag: R490.00 excluding delivery from Great Brak River. Buy TWO and save R50 on the second bag! (R930.00 in total).

Bags will only be put into production once payment via EFT has been received. The delivery time will be confirmed at that stage and depends on the number of orders in production - during quiet times seven working days can be allowed.

When the material for your PROEbag is purchased it is first pre-shrunk - washing also removes the starch - before the shweshwe is then sent to the former missionary settlement of Friemersheim at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. There orders are divided between Kraal Kreations @ Die Kraal and The Friemersheim Sewing Group, creating job opportunities close to home for a number of local women.

Create Your Own PROEbag / Skep Jou Eie PROEsak

To celebrate the beauty of shweshwe two different fabrics are used for each bag, one outside and one inside. The colour combinations are endless and so is the look achieved, which can vary from classic to funky to minimalistic.

Orders can be placed for existing PROEbag pairs (e.g. swatches numbers 2 and 1 would be for the outside in blue, the inside in purple) or you can mix and match your own colours and designs (e.g. outside in pink dotted number 31, inside in plain purple number 17).

Special deals are available for corporate sales – choose your own fabric and add a personalized tag to your bag!

Looking After Your PROEbag / Sorg Só Vir Jou PROEsak

New shweshwe has a distinctive prewash stiffness and smell: the answer lies in its production and history, when during long sea voyages starch was used to preserve the fabric from the elements. After washing, the stiffness disappears to leave behind a beautiful soft cotton fabric. The 100% superior quality cotton will dry quickly, especially on a windy day, and will last for many years.

Polystyrene granules are used as filling, making your PROEbag light and very easy to wash and dry. Wash the bag in cold water with a mild detergent and hang outside. Since the indigo fades with washing in a similar manner to denim you might want to put it outside in the shade.

The Shweshwe Story

  • South Africa’s iconic fabric started out as the original indigo trade cloth used on the east coast of Africa from about 1 000 A.D
  • In the mid-17th century Indian cottons came to the Cape when the Dutch East India Company started importing fashionable indiennes
  • A gift of indigo-printed cloth to king Moshoeshoe I by French missionaries in the early 1840s popularised “Seshweshwe” or “Seshoeshoe” (sejeremane in Sesotho) in the Northern Sotho (Pedi), Southern Sotho (Sotho) and Tswana cultures
  • During the mid-1800’s German missionaries and traders brought blaudruck - associated with European regional and Protestant dress - to the Eastern Cape where mission-educated Xhosa women gradually added ujamani to their clothing
  • Nowadays shweshwe (isishweshwe in Zulu) takes pride of place at traditional ceremonies in rural areas and special designs are produced for royal birthdays and national festivals
  • This distinctive fabric was also extensively used as a political statement against the government during the apartheid years
  • Today the only true shweshwe is manufactured by Da Gama Textiles in the Eastern Cape - perhaps also the only producer of traditional Indigo Dyed Discharge Printed Fabric in the world
  • Touch, smell and taste distinguish their Three Cats and Three Leopards brands from reproductions in the market place
  • Showing off shweshwe is part of being proudly South African; by using Three Cats shweshwe PROEbags also help to support local industry

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