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Unique & Decorative African Textiles

African textiles at an affordable price

Africa's textile traditions - the sorts of cloths we instantly identify with Africa - are as numerous as they are beautiful. Visit the British Museum or the Smithsonian Institute and you'll understand what we mean.

Alternatively, browse our website for a taste of what these cloths are all about.

We don't generally deal in extremely large and expensive pieces: so-called 'collectables'. That's a very specialised area.

What we do have is a varied and interesting selection of excellent quality African textiles at the more affordable end of the spectrum.

If you're looking for a striking wallhanging, table cloth, table runner, bed cover or throw - that sort of thing - you might find it here at The African Fabric Shop.

Painting mud cloth Segou MaliMud cloth studio of Boubacar Doumbia: Segou, Mali

Mud Cloth / Bogolan photo

Mud Cloth / Bogolan

Mud cloth is one of Africa's most unusual and unique textiles.

Narrow strips of handwoven cotton are stitched together into a whole cloth, then painted with patterns and symbols using a variety of natural dyes, including river mud that has been aged up to one year.

All cloths are 100% cotton.

Each cloth is a unique creation: there is only one.

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Vintage & Collectable African Textiles photo

Vintage & Collectable African Textiles

Sometimes on our travels to villages and markets across Africa, we discover some really special and unusual textiles - many of them unique and collectable, some of them quite old. We're not talking about 'museum textiles' here: just excellent, interesting and significant African textiles at an affordable price.

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Kuba Cloth photo

Kuba Cloth

Kuba cloth from The Congo is handwoven using the strands from raffia palm leaves. The raffia strands are dyed in a variety of earth tones using vegetable dyes.

There are two main types of Kuba cloth: cut pile cloths and flat woven cloths with no pile.

Kuba cloths display a variety of interesting features including patchwork, embroidery, appliqué and embellishments.

Each cloth is a unique creation.

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Korhogo Cloths photo

Korhogo Cloths

Our striking, picturesque Korhogo cloths are ideal as wallhangings.

If you're a creative stitcher, you can use Korhogo to make your own fashion items, such as jackets, coats, waistcoats, bags, etc.

All cloths are handwoven 100% cotton.

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Indigo Cloths photo

Indigo Cloths

Our indigo damask cloths are from Guinea. They're handstitched to create a resist pattern, then hand-dyed in indigo.

Our plain and stitch resist indigo cloths are from Mali. They're made of narrow, handwoven strips which are sewn together to make a whole cloth, then hand-dyed in indigo.

All cloths are 100% cotton.

In most cases each cloth is a unique creation: there is only one.

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Undyed African Textiles photo

Undyed African Textiles

If you're looking for undyed cotton that you can dye yourself, look no further than our collection of undyed African textiles: from large blankets to scarves to handwoven strip cloth.

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Kenyan Kikoy photo

Kenyan Kikoy

The kikoy began life as the traditional man's wrap-around worn on the Swahili coast of East Africa, especially Kenya.

Today, it's evolved as a woman's wrapper as well. They are so soft, colourful and vibrant that you can find other great uses, such as: beach wrap, beach or picnic blanket, scarf, shawl, table cloth, table runner, wallhanging, or - use your imagination!

All cloths are 100% cotton.

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Bark Cloth photo

Bark Cloth

Bark cloth - one of the first primitive fabrics made in tropical Africa - is still produced by the Baganda people near Lake Victoria.

You can use bark cloth as a creative medium in all sorts of textile art projects, exploiting a variety of techniques: embroidery, patchwork and quilting, embellishing, painting, printing, dyeing and stamping.

Why not see how creative you can be?

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