Magie Relph and Bob Irwin travel extensively all over Africa searching out fabulous textiles, beads and baskets.
Every time we unpack our bags, we add new temptations to the website. Enjoy!
We are co-organisers of seven World Textile Days around the UK.
We've been looking for threads of this quality and pedigree for a while and we've finally found them!
On our winter trip to Johannesburg we connected with Aldo and his team at Chameleon Threads.
Now you can view and buy Chameleon's wonderful Perle No 8 embroidery threads right here on our website, at the shop and at our various events like Festival of Quilts and World Textile Days around the country.
Per 16 metre skein: £2.40
Any 11 for the price of 10
View and buy: Chameleon hand-dyed threads
We always try to do something a little bit special on our monthly shop open days.
So for our next one, why not:
Find us at: 33B Greens End Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 5NW.
The new Shwe Shwe's here from South Africa - always cause for great celebration.
Of course, we have a some great new colours and designs. No surprise there.
Even better, though... Isobel has designed some brilliant new beaded jewellery kits mixing genuine Shwe Shwe fabrics with recycled glass beads from Ghana. Very clever and very easy!
Isishweshwe - by Juliette Leeb-du Toit - is a meticulously researched and creatively presented history of a blue print fabric in southern Africa.
If you love Shwe Shwe fabric, you'll be totally absorbed by this story.
All of our new jewellery kits - designed exclusively for The Africa Fabric Shop by our own Isobel Holland - are now even easier to make.
View and buy: Jewellery Kits
African wax print says 'Africa' more than any other fabric.
All of our wax prints are the real McCoy: genuine wax prints produced in Africa - not Chinese copies.
How can you tell?
Genuine wax prints are printed on both sides of the fabric - a difficult and expensive process. Copies - sometimes called imiwax - are printed only on one side.
Genuine wax prints have two distinct irregularities: a slight misalignment of colour and design, plus a distinctive crackle effect caused by tiny cracks in the resin resist. We call these irregularities 'the perfect imperfection'.
Genuine wax prints are printed on top quality 100% cotton. Copies are printed on inferior cotton.
Genuine wax prints are very robust. You can wash them over and over again. Copies do not last as long as genuine wax prints.
View and buy: our latest genuine African wax print fabrics
Learn all about wax prints in our acclaimed book African Wax Print: A Textile Journey
We've got recycled brass hooks made by our pals in Ghana all over the house.
Magie's African scarf collection. Tea towels. Keys. They're all hung on recycled brass hooks.
Now we've put a few special pieces up on the website for you.
Each piece is a one-off, unique creation, made using the ancient lost wax method of casting metals.
Be quick. We only have a few!
View and buy: Recycled brass hooks & figures
What's not to like about our traditional Kenyan Kikoys?
We never leave home without one each in our bag. When you're on the road, you never know when your Kikoy will save the day.
100% cotton, of course.
View and buy: Kikoy Wraps
'Telling the stories' is a big part of what we do in helping you understand and appreciate African textiles and fabrics.
Over the years we've published many articles documenting our travels and our textile discoveries.
Now we've decided to share these stories with you on a dedicated page here on our website. We hope you enjoy them. We'll be adding more soon.
Read and print: African Textile Stories