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Our next event: Stroud World Textile Weekend | 25 - 26 May
More info: www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk
NEW Amafu designs and colours
Glenda Kirkiridis and her team have really outdone themselves with these great new designs and colourways - just arrived from South Africa.
View and buy: Amafu hand-dyed fabrics
Rwenzori Reversible Bag Kit
What a great combo:
Bold, colourful African wax print
+ Subtle Shwe Shwe Indigo
= Rwenzori Reversible Bag Kit!
Our creative friend Dorothy Deane has devised a great new reversible bag kit - exclusive to The African Fabric Shop.
Outside: (or is that inside?) she's used our very special Retro African wax print fabric.
Inside: (or is that outside?) she's gone for our traditional Shwe Shwe Indigo fabric from South Africa.
Presto: A colourful, practical, reversible bag that's sure to turn a head or two down the High Street... or at a quilt show!
Kit includes fabrics and recycled glass beads for embellishing, plus pattern and full instructions. Wadding not included.
Available in four colourways:
- Yellow/Gold/Red with Indigo (shown)
- Shades of Green with Indigo
- Blue/Turquoise with Indigo
- Purple/Mauve with Indigo
Order: Rwenzori Reversible Bag Kit!
Original, vintage 'Manchester Blue'
You may already have some of our traditional Shwe Shwe Indigo fabric from South Africa. But did you know that these delicate Indigo discharge prints originated in Manchester, England?
Have a look at our new collection of original Manchester Blue prints on our newly revised Indigo Adventures page. Irresistable!
NEW: Duo-tone wax print
On our latest trip to Ghana we discovered a whole new range of African wax prints - Duotones. Same bold designs in elegant new colourways.
PLUS: Safari and skin prints
Perfect for your safari themed projects - our updated range of Safari and Skin Prints.
Fair trade Bolga baskets now available by post anywhere in the world
We've been travelling to Bolgatanga, a small market town in northern Ghana, for many years. We first passed through en route to the Salon International de l'Artisanat de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
Bolga is famous for three things: Unbearable heat, traditional Bolga smocks made from woven strip cloth and fantastic woven baskets. As soon as we saw those baskets, we just had to have 'em!
We've been bringing our baskets to shows for a few years, but have never had them on the website - until now, that is. After considering all the options, we've worked out an ordering system and can now post our baskets to you anywhere in the world.
How to order: Fair trade Bolga baskets
The African Fabric Shop Supports the Dream Children's Home in Kenya
Africa is very important to us and we travel there as often as we can to source new fabrics, beads and baskets. In addition to supporting small-scale craft producers, we try to give a bit more back to Africa by donating to small African charities.
On Magie's latest trip to Kenya she visited the Dream Children's Home in the Ngong Hills near Nairobi. This inspiring project provides shelter, food, clothing, medical care, counselling, education and hope for needy orphans who have nowhere else to turn.
We are now supporting the Dream Children's Home directly through our own modest donation programme. For every sale of our Safari and Skin Print fabrics and Safari Print Adventrue Packs, we donate a percentage to this very worthy cause.
Find our more: www.dreamchildrenshome-kenya-orphanage.org
And donate directly: www.betterplace.org
Our acclaimed book
African Wax Print: A Textile Journey
As many of you already know, African textiles are a bit of a passion around our textile-clogged house. (No fabrics in the bathroom - yet!)
And what's at the very top of the passion list? African wax print, of course!
The story of African wax print is fascinating, inspiring and full of suprises.
So why not join us on a journey to Africa? Along the way, we'll see wax print being worn, cut up, stitched, quilted, cherished and enjoyed.
Here's a taste of what people have been saying.
£13.95 plus P&P
No.1 African Fabric Shack by Helen Conway
Our friend Helen Conway is one of the quilting world's great experimenters - always game for a new and whacky challenge.
Here's her humorous take on African fabrics and one of her favourite fabric vendors - The African Fabric Shop, no less.
Nice one, Helen, as always.
Helen's latest extravagant experiment - her fabric adorned shack titled 'Ikhaya' - is currently in the outside exhibition at Colours of Africa in Essen, Belgium.
View: 'Ikhaya' at Colours of Africa.
Untitled strip cloth triptych by Glenda Gerrard
Textile artist Glenda Gerrard created this compelling triptych using hand-woven, hand-painted mud cloth strips from Mali.
Despite both French and West African military interventions, Mali's political turmoil remains un-resolved. This means that Mali's traditional mud cloths is now very difficult to find - a sad reality that inspired Glenda to make this piece.
'This work shows the dancing women fading,' says Glenda, 'and the mud cloth running out as their country is ravaged.'
View: Whole triptych
View: Mud cloth from Mali
View: African strip cloth
Using African Fabrics
Thanks to many of my loyal and creative customers, I've been collecting digital images of quilts, wallhangings, clothing, bags - you name it! - all demonstrating how you can use African fabrics in your work.
To show these images to the world, I've created a new page on the website: Using African Fabrics
I'm going to try (!) to keep this page up-to-date with new images as my customers create new and exciting things.