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Magie and Bob are back from their three month shopping spree across West Africa

It's nice to be home, of course. But we're missing the road a bit already - especially exploring the villages and markets of West Africa looking for textile treasures to tempt you!

Our latest adventure took us all the way from Morocco to Ghana with a whole lot of Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gamiba, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire in between.

We're busy updating the website as fast as we can with great new fabrics from our travels. 

Latest updates: African wax prints | Da Viva and Woodin prints | Guinea indigo cloth

Magie Relph and Bob Irwin in Mauritania
Magie and Bob on the road to Nouakchott, Mauritania

SPRING SALE... come to our shop... Saturday 18 March, 10am-4pm

Your best option for coming to the shop is one of our regular shop Open Days. If you can't make an Open Day, we're also open by appointment - but please call or email to arrange your visit. We travel a lot and may not be here and we don't want you to waste your trip.

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Road jam en route to Man, Côte d'Ivoire: it's not always easy for Magie and Bob to get to the fabrics!

World Textile Days 2017

This year, our focus is COLOUR!

We're back from West Africa... Jim and Diane Gaffney are back from roaming the remote hills of Laos and the islands of Indonesia... John Gillow could be just about anywhere, but he's promised he'll be back soon!

Our first World Textile Day of 2017 is just around the corner: 25 March at Llanidloes in Wales.

We've got another great series of events lined up for you - seven World Textile Days in total all united by the this year's theme: Colour! Each event will feature different talks and speakers and a varied lineup of world textiles experts.

Mark your diary now!

  • 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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