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On the road in Africa

You can find some real textile treasures in the markets of Africa.

We know, because we spend several weeks per year riding the buses, tro tros, gellie gellies and 'sept place' Peugot 504s up and down bumpy, rutted tracks in search of just those treasures.

We're the ones who get hot, dusty and thirsty. And we do mean thirsty!

All you have to do is put the kettle on and browse our website to see what we found.

Happy browsing. Enjoy!

Magie Relph & Bob Irwin Djenne MaliMagie Relph and Bob Irwin: ferry crossing, Djenne, Mali

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Limited Editions

Why are our Limited Edition fabric packs so special?

  • Colour co-ordinated collections of African fabrics
  • Combinations of half metres, fat quarters and fat eighths
  • Some include special feature fabrics or panels
  • Some include beads and embellishments
  • All fabrics 100% cotton, some on subtly woven damask

All carefully auditioned and selected by Magie and Jenny.

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African Adventure Packs

We have so many different types of African fabrics - from genuine African wax print and Shwe Shwe to hand-dyed batiks and sunprints - that sometimes you just can't make up your mind.

That's exactly what one customer said to us once: 'I can't make up my mind so I'll have them all!'

Our large range of Adventure Packs gives you all sorts of options:

  • Go small with a Mini Adventure of 20 small pieces.
  • Or go big with a bumper bundle of up to 25 Fat Quarters.

The choice is yours.

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Vintage Textile Fragments

An ever-changing array of vintage textile fragments...

...handpicked by Magie, of course.

If you're looking for unique bits of fabric to use in your next textile art creation, look no further.

These pieces are up to 25 years old and show some wear and distress - all part of their character.

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Hand-dyed Batik - Special Collection

These specially selected lengths of hand-dyed African batiks are perfect for dressmaking and fashion applications.

  • Lengths from 2.5 to 5 metres
  • All fabrics 100% cotton, some on subtly woven damask
  • Some are handpainted with up to five layers of wax, one for each subtle variation in colour, before dyeing and over dyeing in a progression of dye vats.

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African Fabrics by the metre

Yes, we sell our African fabrics by the metre. But that's not all.

Like Magie, many of our customers are quilters. And what do quilters need more than anything else in life?

Why, Fat Quarters, of course. Which means our minimum order is a mere Fat Quarter.

Or you can buy a half metre, a metre or more, depending on stock available. 

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Large Textiles & Cloths

Many African textiles begin with the simplest technologies.

Take a drop spindle, then drive four posts into the ground to support the heddles of a basic loom.

Add a mortar for pounding leaves, bark and roots into natural dye stuffs.

Dig a pit in the ground and fill it with indigo.

From these timeless elements - used today as they always have been - African artisans are still producing the textiles that continue to say, 'We are Africans.'

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