NEW: African Fabric Shop
Gift Vouchers

Prompted by a special request we received from a loyal customer at our recent, fantastic World Textile Day in Bristol, we have added something new to tempt you!

Just in time for Christmas

Now you can buy African Fabric Shop Gift Vouchers right here on the website. And it's really easy!

  • Vouchers have a value of £10, £20 or £50 and are valid for one year.
  • Add one or more gift vouchers to your secure online Shopping Basket.
  • Check out and pay for your order as normal.
  • We'll send you your printed vouchers in a nice, Africa-themed gift card - blank, of course, so you can write your own greeting.
  • Your lucky recipient can redeem her vouchers against any African Fabric Shop website purchase.
  • When ordering, just type in your unique code and your voucher value will be subtracted from your order total.

Howzat for a great idea for Christmas?

£10 Gift Voucher

£20 Gift Voucher

£50 Gift Voucher

You can change the quantity when you check out.

Are you ready for Christmas?

Buy: £10 Gift Voucher | £20 Gift Voucher | £50 Gift Voucher


Postmaster's Choice Adventure Packs
of colourful African fabrics

When our local postmaster James took up patchwork, he asked us for a random selection of our brightest 'rainbow of colours'.
His first quilt was a great success and presto:
our Postmaster's Choice Adventure Pack was born.

View and buy: Postmaster's Choice fabrics

Workshops at The African Fabric Shop
with Isobel Holland

With our recent move to the Old Post Office in Meltham - see below - we now have the space to offer the occasional workshop for those intested in expanding their creative horizons in a friendly, fun environment.

An Unusual Christmas Wreath - 7 December, 2 - 4.30 pm

Transform some wire, a few scraps of fabric and some lovely beads into a colourful wreath. More info...

Aburi Wrapped Necklace - 16 December, 2 - 4.30 pm

Make this fabulous necklace for yourself or for a friend! More info...

Christmas Wreath © Isobel Holland

African Fabric Shop moves to new home in post office:
Cat Frank traumatised

We've moved! And our cat Frank keeps wondering where we are.

Astounding as it sounds, our little fair trade adventure - Magie calls it 'the accidental business' - no longer dominates every spare corner of our modest home in the Pennines.

  • No more climbing over teetering piles of fabrics.
  • No more stubbing our toes on heavy baskets of recycled beads.
  • No more tripping over Frank on the stairs.
  • No more shifting mounds of fair trade Bolga baskets just to watch Lewis.
  • And no more sleeping in The African Fabric Shop - Janice!

It's all gone... moved to our new office, store room and occasional pop-up shop (by appointment only!) in the old post office in our village of Meltham, West Yorkshire.

Massive thanks to Isobel, Alison, Graham and James for all their wonderful help and support.

Also, thanks to Isobel, you can follow our move and the latest developments on Facebook.

Come to our next Open Day
Saturday 6 Dec. 10 am - 4 pm
24 Holmfirth Road, Meltham, HD9 4ER

Shop Visits & Workshops


Isobel, Magie and Bob in our new African Fabric Shop:
Plus Frank - the digital version

Exclusive African Fabric Shop discount price

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!

Tick box to select item. You can change the quantity after clicking "Add to Basket"

Book only, unsigned £10.00

Why not have your book signed and gift wrapped in a fat quarter of colourful African wax print fabric?

Signed copy - gift wrapped in African wax print fabric: £12.00

I love this book. It is interesting, informative, funny, thought provoking. The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Spring 2011.

Magie and Bob took me on a magical journey to Africa through not only their words, but the images and inspirational textile art that illustrate their story. A fabric feast to make your mouth water. Janice Gunner, stitched textile artist and author of Shibori for Textile Artists.

Only £10.00

West Country textile lovers throng to first World Textile Day in Bristol

The advance buzz was definitely spot on. Our first World Textile Day in Bristol was a massive success.

Huge thanks, of course, to you all: the enthusiastic textile lovers who came from as far afield as Cornwall (!) to enjoy our free exhibition, two informative and entertaining lectures and fantastic refreshments - courtesy of the volunteers of the Saltford Community Association.

Plus, a very special thanks to Liz and Dom Hewitt for their hard work and hospitality!

The feedback was great and we're looking forward already to returning to Saltford Hall again next year for another great World Textile Day with our theme Textile Adventures.

Mark your calendars now: Saturday 3 October 2015. See you there!

More pictures: www.worldtextileday.co.uk


World Textile Day West at Saltford, Bristol:
Textile lovers throng African Fabric Shop stand

Brigitte Ascher

African batik coat

When ever we're in Africa we visit our tailors and have new outfits made, especially from hand-dyed African batiks. They wash and wash and last and last.

Brigitte Ascher had the same idea and created this wonderful coat using fabrics dyed by Grace Adover in Accra and Nene Jallow in The Gambia.

Superb, Brigitte.

View: Hand-dyed African batik

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African batik coat
© Brigitte Ascher

Gemma Lambell

Mitumba embroidery bag

Our hand-embroidered panels by Christine Kibuka in Nairobi are beautiful and inspiring - as proven by this great bag made by Gemma Lambell.

Gemma brought her bag to show us at The Big Textile Show in Leicester, along with a very thoughtful thank-you gift for Christine. We'll post that to her in her next package of donated embroidery threads courtesy of generous African Fabric Shop customers.

View: Mitumba embroidery

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Mitumba embroidery bag
© Gemma Lambell

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

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.