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Welcome to the African Fabric Shop

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.

Janice Gunner visits the shop: auditioning fabrics for our Janice Gunner Special Selection packs. Tofali Rouge © Janice Gunner, made by Janice using one of her special selections.

NEW Janice Gunner Special Selection packs

Janice was in the shop recently and guess what she got up to...

As always, she just couldn't keep her hands off the fabrics, so Magie put her to work selecting fabrics for a new range of packs: our Janice Gunner Special Selections.

As an added bonus, each pack contains a 'hints and tips' sheet by Janice - perfect to get you started on your way to a new creation.

Be quick - these are limited editions!

View and buy: Janice Gunner Special Selections

Half Metre Challenge pack: five new colourways available

What can YOU make with:

  • One half metre of hand-dyed African batik
  • One 16 metre skein of Perle No 8 embroidery thread, hand-dyed in South Africa
  • And a bag of colour co-ordinated recycled beads from Ghana


  • Experiment... break some rules... and get creative
  • Take some inspiration from the sample pieces here on our website

We have five great new Half Metre Challenge packs on the website to tempt you. Great colours, great fabrics, great colour co-ordinated threads and embellishments.

View and buy: Half Metre Challenge packs

Left: Counters necklace kit. Right: Kofofrom necklace kit.

Our jewellery kits: now even easier to make

All of our new jewellery kits - designed exclusively for The Africa Fabric Shop by our own Isobel Holland - are now even easier to make.

  • Improved easy-to-follow instructions
  • All beads, fabrics and cord included in your kit
  • No special tools required
  • Just thread, knot and enjoy!

View and buy: Jewellery Kits

Find us in Travel Africa Online Extra, July 2018

We're in Travel Africa magazine

Going back a few years, Bob used to write fairly regularly for Travel Africa magazine.

Recently he's reconnected with the publisher Craig Rix and his editorial staff and we're looking forward to working together to bring African fabrics to whole new audience.

Our first story for them is online now in the Travel Africa Extra section of their website.

Read: Fabric hunting in West Africa

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