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Are Magie Relph and The African Fabric Shop coming to an event near you?

You'll find The African Fabric Shop at textile shows and exhibitions around the UK and occasionally in Europe.

Also, along with a group of friends, we organise a series of free events called World Textile Day at various venues around the UK.

And, Magie always brings along a selection of fabrics, beads and baskets when ever she travels to a textile group for a talk.

May 2022
Special Event

21 May 2022

10 am - 4 pm

World Textile Day - Scotland

Bridge of Allan, Scotland

FREE ENTRY to our exhibition and sale of fair trade textiles. Meet our specialist world textiles traders. Plus:

11 am : main talk

From Java to West Africa: Travelling Textiles
Presented by Diane Gaffney of Textile Traders and Magie Relph of The African Fabric Shop. Di and Magie have been travelling, collecting, buying and selling textiles since the 1980s. They really know their stuff.

£5 - tickets at the door.

2 pm : 2 short talks

Trading with India in the pandemic: how Whatsapp and websites won the day
For Andrew Haughton of the Nomad’s Tent in Edinburgh, the world-wide pandemic was a double whammy. His shop was shut by lockdown and he was shut out of India, one of his major supply countries. Find out how Andrew harnassed technology to keep trade flowing for his suppliers and his customers.

Textiles sans Frontières
John and Joan Fisher take you on an enthralling journey to the Arabian peninsula, where creating and trading textiles has shaped history. Fascinating and inspiring.

£3 for both talks - tickets at the door.

And don't forget:

  • All day refreshments from the stellar members of the local WI. This year, because attendance is unpredictable due to the pandemic, catering will be limited to coffee, tea and biscuits. You're welcome to bring your own packed lunch and there are several cafés nearby
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking near by

Bridge of Allan Parish Church of Scotland, 12 Keir St, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW

View/print PDF document: World Textile Days 2022

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

June 2022

24 Jun to 1 Jul 2022

African Odyssey: A Common Thread

Exhibtion, talk, workshops and popup shop at Cowslip Workshops, Cornwall

Following on from our successful Zoom events, Janice Gunner, Liz Hewitt and Magie Relph bring their African Odyssey exhibition to one of our favourite textile destinations - Cowslip Workshops in Launceston, Cornwall.

Highlights of the week include:

  • A Common Thread. Free talk by Magie Relph. 25 Jun, 4.30 pm
  • African  Odyssey workshop with Janice Gunner. 25 Jun, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Little Books of Africa. Workshop with Liz Hewitt. 27 Jun, 10 - 4 pm
  • Natural Dyeing. Workshop with Janice Gunner. 28 and 29 Jun, 10 - 4 pm
  • Popup Shop. Magie and Bob will be on hand all week with a fabulous array of African fabrics, beads and baskets.
  • Cowslip Café - totally marvellous food!

For details and workshop bookings, please visit: cowslipworkshops.co.uk

More information: www.cowslipworkshops.co.uk/exhibitions-and-events

August 2022
Special Event

27 Aug 2022

10 am - 4 pm

World Textile Day - North of England

Frodsham, Cheshire

FREE ENTRY to our exhibition and sale of fair trade textiles. Meet our specialist world textiles traders. Plus:

11 am : main talk

Free Movement for Textiles
Presented by Jim Gaffney of Textile Traders. Jim has been travelling, collecting, buying and selling textiles from across Asia since the 1980s. So if anybody knows how textiles and their artisan makers help link us all together, it’s Jim. Let’s keep those textiles moving – crossing borders!

£5 - tickets at the door.

2 pm : 2 short talks

The Social Life of Sashiko: Going Online Worldwide
With Susan Briscoe, expert collector of Japanese kimono and textiles.

Beads Across Borders
Bob Irwin of The African Fabric Shop follows the fascinating trail of West Africa’s bead trade – both historical and contemporary.

£3 for both talks - tickets at the door.

And don't forget:

  • Delicious onsite catering and refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking

Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7QN

View/print PDF document: World Textile Days 2022

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

September 2022
Special Event

3 Sep 2022

10 am - 4 pm

World Textile Day - Wales

Llanidloes, Wales

FREE ENTRY to our exhibition and sale of fair trade textiles. Meet our specialist world textiles traders. Plus:

11 am : main talk

East to West: Textile Treasures of the Great Silk Road
Presented by Angela and Jane Thompson, who bring many decades of textile travel, experience and stories to entertain and inform us.

£5 - tickets at the door.

2 pm : 2 short talks

Talk title to be confirmed
With Susan Briscoe, expert collector of Japanese kimono and textiles.

Talk title and speaker to be confirmed

£3 for both talks - tickets at the door.

And don't forget:

  • Delicious onsite catering and refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking near by

Minerva Arts Centre, High St, Llanidloes, SY18 6BY

View/print PDF document: World Textile Days 2022

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

Special Event

10 Sep 2022

10 am - 4 pm

World Textiles Market

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

FREE ENTRY to our sale of fair trade textiles

We're really excited about this brand new event.

Our expert world textiles traders will be set up for this one-off market day.

You'll find plenty to choose from: textiles, artefacts, jewellery, vintage and collectables from around the world.

Just the shopping... without the talks... smack in the middle of Chipping Norton.

The Guild Hall, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NJ

Disbled access. Free parking in town centre.

View/print PDF document: World Textile Days 2022

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

October 2022
Special Event

1 Oct 2022

10 am - 4 pm

World Textile Day - West of England

Saltford, Bristol

FREE ENTRY to our exhibition and sale of fair trade textiles. Meet our specialist world textiles traders. Plus:

11 am : main talk

Talk title to be confirmed
Presented by Janice Gunner - award-winning textile artist, quilter and author.

£5 - tickets at the door.

2 pm : 2 short talks

Textile Trappings of India and Central Asia
Gaynor Williams will entertain you with some very unusual and interesting textiles from her collection.

The Social Life of Sashiko: Going Online Worldwide?
With Susan Briscoe, expert collector of Japanese kimono and textiles.

£3 for both talks - tickets at the door.

And don't forget:

  • Delicious onsite catering and refreshments in the Saltford Community Café
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking

Saltford Hall, Wedmore Rd, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3BY

View/print PDF document: World Textile Days 2022

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

Special Event

8 Oct 2022

10 am - 4 pm

World Textile Day - South of England

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

FREE ENTRY to our exhibition and sale of fair trade textiles. Meet our specialist world textiles traders. Plus:

11 am : main talk

From Java to West Africa: Travelling Textiles
Presented by Diane Gaffney of Textile Traders and Magie Relph of The African Fabric Shop. Di and Magie have been travelling, collecting, buying and selling textiles since the 1980s. They really know their stuff. £5 - tickets at the door.

2 pm : 2 short talks

Textile Trappings of India and Central Asia
Gaynor Williams will entertain you with some very unusual and interesting textiles from her collection.

Textiles sans Frontières
John and Joan Fisher take you on an enthralling journey to the Arabian peninsula, where creating and trading textiles has shaped history. Fascinating and inspiring.

£3 for both talks - tickets at the door.

And don't forget:

  • Delicious onsite catering and refreshments by the local WI
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking

Brockenhurst Hall, Highwood Rd, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7RY

View/print PDF document: World Textile Days 2022

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

Oklah needs bottles

Our friend Oklah Tetteh in Koforidua, Ghana makes all of our bottle glass beads from old bottles. Some colours are hard for him to make because the bottles are scarce. These are the really valuable ones:

  • Gin - Bombay Sapphire, Plymouth and Blooms
  • Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry
  • Old Vines in Young Hands - Portuguese white wine

If you have any, please bring them to us and we'll take them to Ghana. Meda ase - thank you - from Oklah Tetteh.

 
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