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Find out about African textiles here

Obviously, our website is here mainly as our online shop. But you can also use it as a source of information about African fabrics and textiles, as well as textile art.

Here are some links that we think will be useful to our visitors and customers. Lists are alphabetical within the categories.

African Textiles and Design

Adire African Textiles

Informative website and online shop devoted to the creative work of textile artists, dyers, weavers and embroiderers of West Africa. Operated by Duncan Clarke, who has published several books about African textiles.

World Textiles, Fabrics and Great Stuff

Textile Traders

Jim and Diane Gaffney have been researching and collecting textiles from across Asia for almost thirty years. Their expertise and fair trade ethos bring a special quality to their shop in Bishops Castle, Shropshire. They are our partners in orgnaising our annual series of World Textile Days in Wales, Scotland and England.

Slow Loris Textiles

Martin Conlan is a reknowned expert and specialist dealer in the minority tribal textiles of South West China. He is also a partner in World Textile Day.

Khayamiya - Egyptian Tentmaker Wallhangings

Joan and John Fisher are passionate about preserving and supporting the traditional needle-turned applique of the 'Tentmakers of Cairo'. Wallhangings, throws and cushion covers.

Kekfesto Cotton

Handprinted, blue dyed fabrics imported from Hungary by our friend Gilly Thomson. These fabrics are part of the same 'blue dye' tradition as our Shwe fabrics from South Africa.

The Nomads Tent

The Nomads Tent in Edinburgh houses an astounding and ever-changing array of treasures sourced directly from the nomadic and tribal peoples of Iran, Turkey, India and elsewhere in central Asia. Owner Andrew Haughton and founder Rufus Reade are both great sources of information. Rugs, textiles and tribal art.

The Bespoke Footstool Company

Owner and award-winning upholsterer extraordinaire Patricia Alban does amazing things with fabrics - transforming ordinary furniture into works of art. She even uses our African fabrics from time to time. Check it out - totally stunning!


We're great fans of our local fair trade co-operative shop in Holmfirth, where you'll always find a great range of innovative products, fairly traded. Look out especially for great clothing creations by local designer Sarah Yaccabe made using our African fabrics. Magic!

Agnès Creations

Agnès Assellin has a totally unique take on African fabrics. Using tiny scraps, she creates beautiful framed pictures of African ladies.


A collective of over 70 artisans from Timbuktu, Mali: including silversmiths, leather workers and wood carvers. 'Timidwa' means friendship in Tamasheq, the language of the nomadic Tuareg people of the Sahara.

Facebook: Association Timidwa


Ann Mayner stocks quality patchwork and quilting fabrics, including limited edition Japanese fabrics, black and white prints, and batiks. Located in historic Arkwright's Mill in Cromford, Derbyshire.

Textile Artists, Quilters and Teachers

Anglia Textile Works

Anglia Textile Works is a group of internationally recognised, contemporary textile artists based in East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

Susan Briscoe

Susan is a talented and established textile artist, quilter, teacher and author based in Wales. Much of her work is inspired by her passion for Japan.

Jane Callender - Callishibori

Jane is a wonderful textile artist who specialises in creating Indigo Shibori. She offers excellent workshops, as well as a range of Indigo and Shibori products on her website.

Helen Conway

Helen is one of the most talented and prolific textile artists I know. I've given up being surprised when ever she sends me a new image of a new piece of wonderful work. Several of Helen's designs are available in kit form from The African Fabric Shop.

Janice Gunner

Janice is an award winning quiltmaker, City and Guilds tutor and author based in London. Her website has excellent images of her work and information about her workshops in the UK and Europe.

Textile Organisations

The Embroiderers' Guild

The UK's national organisation for embroidery.

The Kenya Quilt Guild

Kenya's national guild boasts a growing membership of enthusiastic and talented quilters who have exhibited both at home and abroad.

The Quilters' Guild of The British Isles

The Guild is a leading organisation devoted to promoting the arts and crafts of patchwork, quilting and appliqué in the UK.

The Textile Society

The Textile Society is a unique forum for textile professionals and enthusiasts. The Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles, both traditional and contemporary. You'll find The African Fabric Shop at their annual Antique Textiles Fair in Manchester, usually in March.

Beads and Jewellery

The Bead Society

The UK's national organisation for bead collectors, makers, dealers, researchers, and enthusiasts: any one interested in beads and beading.

Ghana Bead Society

Ghana's bead organisation supports bead research, production, promotion and networking.

Jewellery With Attitude

Nicky Stoner makes wonderful jewellery creations, many made using recycled glass beads from The African Fabric Shop.

Sun Trade Fine Beads and Jewellery

Our friend Kati Torda is an expert in African beads and a prominent member of the Ghana Bead Society. Her shop in Accra is fantastic!

Charitable Organisations

African Threads

Valerie Hearder's African Threads organisation in Nova Scotia, Canada supports women's economic empowerment in South Africa by selling their beautiful arts and crafts.

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