What does 'African style' mean to you?
Is it 'in-your-face' colours? Or soft, subtle and natural?
Is it big, bold design? Or meticulously detailed pattern?
From handprinted furnishing fabrics and unique decorative textiles from across Africa, to cushion covers and lampshades designed and handmade by Jenny Hall - you're sure to find something that says 'Africa' to you. Browse now: African Furnishing & Interiors
Summer's here and the temperature's climbing.
Yup, we just hit a sweltering - sort of - 22 degrees Celsius here in Yorkshire.
Which means: time to stay cool with one of our latest selection of Bolga fans.
View and buy: our latest Bolga fans
Despite COVID and the precarious security situation in Mali, our well-connected pal Eric Boateng in Accra is still able to get mud cloths out of Mali and into The African Fabric Shop.
Our creative customers use mud cloth for all sorts of things:
Thanks, Eric. As always, you're a star!
View and buy: our latest mud cloths from Mali
Kente is probably the most recognisable of Africa's many traditional textiles, adopted by Africans around the world as a symbol of their heritage. Early cloths were woven with imported silk, but since the 1920s Kente weavers have used rayon or rayon mixed with cotton.
There are two traditions:
Our vintage cloths are up to 25 years old, so they've aged gracefully and have a lovely, soft feel.
Old Kente cloths in excellent condition are very rare and expensive, but our smaller pieces are great examples of Kente at an affordable price.
View and buy: vintage Kente cloths
Some - but not all - traditional African wax prints were overprinted by hand using heavy wooden printing blocks.
These rare vintage printing blocks date back to the 1980s and were used up until 2007 in the print works of A Brunnschweiler & Co of Manchester - the last English wax print manufacturer.
Go to: Printing Blocks