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NEW Christine Kibuka Bag Kit

Our friend Christine Kibuka in Nairobi embroiders squares of recycled denim with lovely village lady motifs. When Dorothy Dean - who designs all of our bag kits - saw them she did what she always does. She created a new bag kit for us. We hope everybody buys one so we can order heaps more embroidered panels from Christine.

View and buy: Christine Kibuka Bag Kit.

NEW Mtatha Reversible Bag Kit

Dorothy's new version of our Rwenzori bag kit features hand-dyed Amafu and Langa Lapu fabrics from South Africa. Available in two colourways: Gold/Sand (shown) and Blue/Purple.

View and buy: Mtatha Bag Kit

NEW Amafu fabrics: hand-dyed and handprinted in sunny South Africa

Hanlie and her team in Durban have really done a great job on our latest shipment of Amafu fabrics.

Bob's been busy photographing them. Tony - aka Mr Bolt - has been getting them onto bolts and up on the shelves. And Isobel has uploaded them onto the website.

So, was Magie totally idle, then?

Not at all... she chose the colours and designs!

View and buy: Amafu South African hand-dyes

Amafu hand-dyed, hand-printed fabric from South Africa: wow!

World Textile Day dates set for 2017

Next year's theme: Colour

Hard to believe, but we're half way through another great year of World Textile Days - the free one-day world textiles exhibition we organise around the country with Jim and Diane Gaffney and our various world textiles pals.

In early June our new venue at Kings Sutton in Oxfordshire proved a real winner. Many thanks to all who attended and enjoyed themselves gorging on cakes and textiles.

Keeping the event fresh, lively and fun is paramount in our minds and we're always thinking ahead.

We've already booked our venues for 2017, so mark your calendars now and don't miss World Textile day in your region.

  • 25 March 2017 - Wales. Llanidloes.
  • 6 May 2017 - South of England. Wickham, Hampshire.
  • 3 June 2017 - Central England. Kings Sutton, Oxfordshire.
  • 17 June 2017 - Scotland. Bridge of Allan.
  • 9 September 2017 - East of England. Mundford, Norfolk.
  • 23 September 2017 - North of England. Frodsham, Cheshire.
  • 30 September 2017 - West of England. Bristol.

All about World Textile Day:

Bob shows off his new fugu smock at World Textile Day North in Cheshire. He commissioned it specially from our tailor friend in Bolgatanga Ishmael Mohammed.


Magie at World Textile Day Central in Kings Sutton. The broken wrist happened a few weeks earlier at World Textile Day South in Hampshire.
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