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On until 28 April

Under Africa Skies


Selling exhibition

   curated by Magie Relph

   and Bob Irwin

Talks & workshop

Kora music by Josh Doughty


The Nomad's Tent, Edinburgh


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25 April @ 3 pm

The People Behind

     the Cloth


An illustrated talk by Magie Relph


Join Magie on a digtal

textile journey to West Africa


The Nomad's Tent, Edinburgh

£7 :

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25 April @ 4.30 pm


     and Innovations


An illustrated talk by Bob Irwin


How has the market driven

change in traditional African textiles?


The Nomad's Tent, Edinburgh

£7 :

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25 April @ 6 pm

Josh Doughty

     Kora music


Josh's music transports

you instantly to West Africa




The Nomad's Tent, Edinburgh

£10 :

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26 April, 10 am - 1 pm


     From Africa


Hand-stitching workshop

       with Magie Relph


Make your own fabric postcard


The Nomad's Tent, Edinburgh

£30 :

Big savings on selected items

We're clearing the decks for Jenny and Wally to take over. That means some great bargains for you.

Don't miss our 'Under African Skies' Exhibition and Symposium

5 - 28 April 2024

Hosted by The Nomad's Tent, Edinburgh

A selling exhibition linking Africa’s ancient textile traditions with contemporary creative innovation. Curated by Magie Relph and Bob Irwin of The African Fabric Shop.

'Under African Skies will be a land mark exhibition,' says Andrew Haughton of The Nomad's Tent.

'The culmination of two years of planning at the Nomad's Tent and almost 40 years of African travel, research and buying by Magie and Bob.'

Exhibition entry is FREE, of course

Special exhibition events - modest entry fee

10  April : Guest speaker

  • Talk : From Trash to Treasure : Pat Archibald is inspired by the textiles and crafts people of Ghana

25 April : Symposium

  • Talk : The People Behind the Cloth : Magie Relph  takes you on an illustrated journey to West Africa
  • Talk : Traditions and Innovations : How has the market driven change? Bob Irwin tells the backstory
  • Music : Traditional kora with Josh Doughty

26 April : Postcards from Africa

  • Hand-stitching workshop : Magie Relph

Venue: The Nomad's Tent, 21-23 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 9SH

Details and tickets for special exhibition events:

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