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We're back from Africa and unpacking our shipments

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.

Indigo hands: Magie and Bob after an indigo buying expedition to Sare-Ngai, The Gambia

Indigo: the king of colours

Finding great indigo cloth isn't easy.

We've travelled to indigo heaven in Guinea, where the roads are as wrecked as the infrastructure. The indigo was fantastic!

We've travelled all over Mali, albeit a few years ago before it became a no-go country. The indigo was fantastic!

These days we get most of our indigo cloths way up river in The Gambia at the lumos - in English, markets - near Basse. Traders come there from all over West Africa bearing - you guessed it - the very indigo cloths that we crave.

View and buy: Indigo cloths | Vintage Moss indigo cloths

Magie's collection of African scarves hanging on our recycled brass hooks, handmade in Ghana using ancient lost wax casting

NEW Recycled brass hooks

We've got recycled brass hooks made by our pals in Ghana all over the house.

Magie's African scarf collection. Tea towels. Keys. They're all hung on recycled brass hooks.

Now we've put a few special pieces up on the website for you.

Each piece is a one-off, unique creation, made using the ancient lost wax method of casting metals.

Be quick. We only have a few!

View and buy: Recycled brass hooks & figures

The Quilter, Issue 154, Spring 2018

African Textile Stories

'Telling the stories' is a big part of what we do in helping you understand and appreciate African textiles and fabrics.

Over the years we've published many articles documenting our travels and our textile discoveries.

Now we've decided to share these stories with you on a dedicated page here on our website. We hope you enjoy them. We'll be adding more soon.

Read and print: African Textile Stories

Our fair trade Bolga baskets: practical, durable, colourful, beautiful and irresistible.

NEW fair trade Bolga baskets

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!

View and buy: Laundry & Special Use | Oval Baskets | Pot Baskets | Round Baskets

Amafu sofa © Micaela Almeida

Amafu Sofa by Micaela Almeida

It's amazing how many enquiries we get asking, 'Can I use African fabric to cover my... '

Followed by, '... sofa... couch... arm chair... stool... dining room chairs... etc.'

Well, feast  your eyes on this: Micaela Almeida has used our hand-dyed Amafu fabric from South Africa to recover her sofa. 

Thanks, Micaela, for an inspirational use of Amafu fabric.

View and buy: Amafu hand-dyes from South Africa

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