When we're shopping for fabrics in Africa, we're always on the lookout for something new.
Funny, but we never look far. Something eye-catching is inevitably just around the corner.
And - when you put your imagination to work - there's no telling where experimenting with African fabics will take you.
So get creating... get sewing!
For our fabulously creative batik makers in Ghana and The Gambia, staying ahead of the competition calls for constant innovation.
New designs, techniques and colour combinations mean every buying trip is a whole new adventure.
All of our hand-dyed batiks are 100% cotton, either plain weave or damask. Both are excellent for dressmaking and tailoring.
Plus: because the batik process uses heaps of very hot water, shrinkage is minimal and the colours are fast and long-lasting.
View and buy: Hand-dyed African batiks
Shwe Shwe has long been the fabric of choice for traditional - some might say 'old fashioned' - dressmaking in southern Africa.
But times change and so has Shwe Shwe!
Today South Africa's cutting edge designers are putting Shwe Shwe's newest colours and designs up front in their latest catwalk collections.
Meanwhile: if you're after a more Victorian look, traditional Shwe Shwe is perfect. Just ask the costumers of Downton Abbey!
Roselle Abramowitz created some amazing art wear garments using our mud cloth - one of Africa's most unusual and unique traditional textiles.
And Roselle's philosophy?
Art becomes clothing. Wear it. Hang it on a wall when not on yourself and it will beautify your space.
We couldn't agree more.
View and buy: genuine Mud cloth from Mali
Read and print story Bogolan: Artistry in Mud
Innovative, fair trade design house Osei-Duro produces stunning garments in India, Peru and in Accra, Ghana - where we met founder Molly Keogh.
We love their latest creations using hand-dyed, handwoven strip cloth from Daboya, home of the tradtional fugu smocks you've seen Bob wearing at World Textile Days.
View and buy: Handwoven strip cloth
Nothing says 'Africa' like a beautifully designed and tailored dress made of African wax print fabric.
Our model here works at the ATL outlet shop in Accra.
We buy all of our genuine wax print in Ghana - either GTP or ATL.