It's been a busy few months. In October and November, Magie and Bob were in Ghana, where they managed to stock up on fabrics, beads and baskets AND run a successful and memorable tour. In December Isobel joined us in The Gambia for more fabric shopping with Musa and Neneh. Then in January and February, Magie and Bob were in Moçambique and South Africa doing more research and buying.
You'll see all our new goodies on the website as soon as we can get the photography and uploading done, so come back often to see what's new online.
And don't forget about our seven World Textile Days around the UK in 2018.
Anyone who's been following The African Fabric Shop over the years will aleady know our great friend Musa Jaiteh in The Gambia. Musa has been creating his fantastic kola nut and indigo fabrics for us for many years. Magie has used Musa's fabrics in many of her quilts, as has Isobel. So too has internationally acclaimed textile artist and quilter Janice Gunner.
Musa has just created a whole new range of pure indigo fabrics for us. These really are special. Ask Janice Gunner... she raided the shipment even before we could photograph it and get it on the website.
View and buy: Musa's NEW indigo fabrics
You probably know that we're just back from Moçambique - where we stumbled on some wonderful handmade beads in three local woods:
We've also uploaded a brand new selection of our recycled glass beads from Ghana.
Sometimes we really do struggle to keep up to you basket fanatics! Bob spends hours in a freezing garage photographing baskets, then uploading them to the site and presto: you buy them all and he has to start all over again!
Well, we're all stocked up now. But be quick!
Isobel joined us in The Gambia in December, her first trip to Africa. Yes, it was hot. Yes, it was dusty. And yes, the fabrics were fantastic!
We spent a lot of time with Musa in his compound in the village of Sukuta. The buzz of activity never seems to stop: wax stamping, tieing, pounding kola nut, topping up the indigo vat and the ultimate alchemy - indigo dyeing.
Here's Isobel's latest quilt, a small wallhanging celebrating Musa's fabrics and creativity.
Thanks, Musa, for a wonderful and inspiring experience.