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African textiles at an affordable price

Africa's textile traditions - the sorts of cloths we instantly identify with Africa - are as numerous as they are beautiful. Visit the British Museum or the Smithsonian Institute and you'll understand what we mean.

Alternatively, browse our website for a taste of what these cloths are all about.

We don't generally deal in extremely large and expensive pieces: so-called 'collectables'. That's a very specialised area.

What we do have is a varied and interesting selection of excellent quality African textiles at the more affordable end of the spectrum.

If you're looking for a striking wallhanging, table cloth, table runner, bed cover or throw - that sort of thing - you might find it here at The African Fabric Shop.

Painting mud cloth Segou MaliMud cloth studio of Boubacar Doumbia: Segou, Mali

Mud Cloth / Bogolan photo

Mud Cloth / Bogolan

Mud cloth is one of Africa's most unusual and unique textiles.

Narrow strips of handwoven cotton are stitched together into a whole cloth, then painted with patterns and symbols using a variety of natural dyes, including river mud that has been aged up to one year.

All cloths are 100% cotton.

Each cloth is a unique creation: there is only one.

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Vintage & Collectable African Textiles photo

Vintage & Collectable African Textiles

Sometimes on our travels to villages and markets across Africa, we discover some really special and unusual textiles - many of them unique and collectable, some of them quite old. We're not talking about 'museum textiles' here: just excellent, interesting and significant African textiles at an affordable price.

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Kuba Cloth photo

Kuba Cloth

Kuba cloth from The Congo is handwoven using the strands from raffia palm leaves. The raffia strands are dyed in a variety of earth tones using vegetable dyes.

There are two main types of Kuba cloth: cut pile cloths and flat woven cloths with no pile.

Kuba cloths display a variety of interesting features including patchwork, embroidery, appliqué and embellishments.

Each cloth is a unique creation.

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Korhogo Cloths photo

Korhogo Cloths

Our striking, picturesque Korhogo cloths are ideal as wallhangings.

If you're a creative stitcher, you can use Korhogo to make your own fashion items, such as jackets, coats, waistcoats, bags, etc.

All cloths are handwoven 100% cotton.

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Vintage Mossi Indigo Cloths photo

Vintage Mossi Indigo Cloths

These cloths are traditional wrappers worn by women of the Mossi peoples of Burkina Faso.

These pieces are at least 25 years old and show some wear, but they are all in excellent condition for their age. The indigo colour has aged gracefully and the cloths have a lovely, soft feel.

All cloths are 100% cotton.

Each cloth is a unique creation: there is only one.

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Indigo Cloths photo

Indigo Cloths

Our indigo damask cloths are from Guinea. They're handstitched to create a resist pattern, then hand-dyed in indigo.

Our plain and stitch resist indigo cloths are from Mali. They're made of narrow, handwoven strips which are sewn together to make a whole cloth, then hand-dyed in indigo.

All cloths are 100% cotton.

In most cases each cloth is a unique creation: there is only one.

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Handwoven Scarves photo

Handwoven Scarves

Our genuine mud cloth scarves are handwoven and hand-dyed in Mali.

Our indigo scarves are handwoven and hand-dyed in Burkina Faso.

All scarves are 100% cotton.

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Undyed African Textiles photo

Undyed African Textiles

If you're looking for undyed cotton that you can dye yourself, look no further than our collection of undyed African textiles: from large blankets to scarves to handwoven strip cloth.

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Kikoy Wraps photo

Kikoy Wraps

The kikoy began life as the traditional man's wraparound worn on the Swahili coast of East Africa, especially Kenya.

Today, it's evolved as a woman's wrapper as well. They are so soft, colourful and vibrant that you can find other great uses, such as: beach wrap, beach or picnic blanket, scarf, shawl, table cloth, table runner, wallhanging, or - use your imagination!

All cloths are 100% cotton.

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Manjak Cloth photo

Manjak Cloth

Manjak is a handwoven strip cloth that is sewn together into a whole cloth and worn as a wrapper.

Our Manjak is from Senegal. It is also woven in Guinea Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands.

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