sis, noun1

Also sus.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch sits chintz.
1. Chintz.
1958 A. Jackson Trader on Veld 35Paris fashion plates had not reached the ‘Backveld,’ dress materials being limited to the ‘Dutch’ and ‘German’ Blaudruck print, checked Ginghams, Kapje Sis (a light cotton dress material always with a very small pattern), used for making the Voortrekker kapje.
1975 D.H. Strutt Clothing Fashions 221For everyday wear the dress was made of a simple material, usually printed cotton or sis (chintz) with a small design, floral or checked or striped, in soft muted colours.
2. German print, see German.
1970 M. Britz Informant, GrahamstownI used to buy yards and yards of sis for the native women on the farm — that’s what they call that cheap print they all use.
1994 B. Bowie in Weekend Post 9 Apr. (Leisure) 3Women wearing blaudruck (blue-printed) cotton cloth came to East 1858...The long-lasting cotton was known as German print or ‘sis’. It has a white design on a background of indigo (navy blue), chocolate-brown or red.
German print, see German.
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