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They're back! Kudhinda fabrics, screen-printed by hand in Zimbabwe
These fantastic, vibrantly colourful cotton fabrics from designer Ros Byrne in Harare haven't been produced for a few years - much to the frustration of Kudhinda's multitude of fans around the world.
Now, we have great news. Ros and her team of talented printers are back in production.
Better still: we have them right here at The African Fabric Shop.
Even better: with Kudhinda back in stock, it means our fantstic Dorothy Deane designed Kudhinda bag kits are back online as well.
View and buy: Kudhinda Zimbabwe Screen Prints
View and buy: Kudhinda Stripe Bag Kit
View and buy: Kudhinda Zig Zag Bag Kit
Great new batiks on website NOW
Our latest batch of hand-dyed batiks from West Africa is truly wonderful.
They literally flew off the stand at Festival of Quilts.
As this is the biggest quilt fest in Europe, naturally many batiks were destined for inclusion in colourful, Africa-inspired quilts. But many dedicated fabric hunters had other ideas.
Longer lengths of our African batiks are perfect for clothing as well.
View and buy: African batik fabrics.
NEW Kuba cloth: beautiful and collectable
Kuba cloth made from hand-woven raffia palm is one of the great textile traditions of The Congo.
Kuba demonstrates a range of textile art techniques: weaving, patchwork, appliqué, and embellishment.
We have some great new Kuba cloths on the website. Some of these pieces are quite old, quite large and quite collectable. Well worth checking out.
View and buy: Kuba cloth.
NEW embroidered panels from Kenya
Christine Kibuka hand-embroiders a beautiful range of pictorial panels. She's just sent us some new bird designs: lovely!
View and buy: Mitumba Embroidery
Kola nut, indigo and sashiko
Elizabeth Seville usually works in felt, but here she's taken a diversion - combining wonderful sashiko stitching with our Kola nut and indigo fabrics.
Musa works almost exclusively with these traditional dyes, keeping alive a long textile tradition of the Senegambia region.
He uses a variety of resist techniques - from wax stamping to tie and dye - to create his designs.
See also: Kola and Indigo Panels
Mark your calendars for our next World Textile Days in Norfolk and Bristol
If you've never been to one of our World Textile Days, now's the time to mark your calendar. We have two events left in 2014:
- 20 Sep - East of England in Norfolk
- 1 Nov - West of England in Bristol
The concept is simple:
Fill the hall with a FREE exhibition of world textiles - many of them for sale.
Add morning and afternoon lectures by world textile experts John Gillow and Martin Conlan (£2 per lecture, tickets at the door).
Plus home baked goodies by a local quilt group
And there you have it: World Textile Day!
More info: www.worldtextileday.co.uk
Now on YouTube: How to reshape a Bolga basket
When we post out our fantastic made in Ghana fair trade Bolga baskets, we send them flattened and wrapped in bubble wrap: 'Flat as a hat,' in Bob's words.
Our baskets are so well made that reshaping them to perfection is easy and only takes a few minutes.
To show you how, Bob has just published on You Tube a short video: How to reshape a Bolga basket.
View: Bolga Fair Trade Baskets
Jenni has been doing some lovely work using our African wax print fabrics, combining them on a background of hand-dyed indigo damask.
View: African wax print fabrics.
View: Kola nut and indigo fabrics.
Our acclaimed book
African Wax Print: A Textile Journey
African wax print holds a very special place in Magie's heart. When she first ventured into the chaos of an African market in 1984, African wax print fabric just grabbed her. It hasn't let go since.
Not only does Magie use African wax print fabric in her work as a textile artist, she has done extensive research into its history, manufacture, design, use and importance as an icon of African style.
So here we have it: the only book devoted exclusively to African wax print fabric!
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
Using African Fabrics
What can you do with African fabrics?
Answer: Visit our customer gallery, aptly called Using African Fabrics.
From quilts to wallhangings. From bags to clothing. You're sure to be inspired by what our innovative and creative customers have been working on.