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Shop Open Days at The African Fabric Shop
It's hard to believe, but it's been almost a year since our Grand Open Day celebrating our move into the Old Post Office in Meltham.
Since then, our monthly Open Days have been a great success, with textile fanatics travelling from as far away as Cambridge to browse through our tempting delights.
Why not spend the day with us here in Meltham? We've got several places in the village for lunch: from Café 33 for great snacks and really great coffee to the Ivy Café for more traditional snacks, plus two sandwich shops and a couple of pubs.
Saturday 31 October: Meet our special guest Steph Saward
Local dyer Steph Saward will be on hand with her lovely hand-dyed yarns, threads, shawls and silk scarves: great for some early Christmas shopping!
Saturday 31 October - Guest Steph Saward
Saturday 5 December - Christmas Shopping
The African Fabric Shop is in:
The Old Post Office
24-26 Holmfirth Road
Meltham, West Yorkshire
Why pay 5p for a plastic bag?
Check out our recycled Trashy Bags from Ghana - COOL!
From 5 October 2015 most shops and all supermarkets in England must - by law - charge you 5 pence for a plastic bag.
The truly smart choice is one of our Trashy Bags made from recycled plastic water bags in Ghana.
Despite their 'Trashy' label, these bags are far from trashy.
Yes, they start out as trash: the discarded purified water sachets that litter West Africa.
But beyond that sad beginning, these bags are truly astounding.
- Brilliant, practical designs
- Light and flexible
- Strong and durable
- And very cool - at least we think so!
Plus: The Trashy Bag project now employs over 50 Ghanaians - most of them women.
View and buy: Trashy Recycled Bags
NEW Bolga baskets online now
Online orders have been very brisk of late, so your choice of shape, colour and design was a bit depleted for a while, as baskets flew out the door to delighted customers around the country.
Well fret no more.
Bob has just photographed and uploaded to the website a great new selection for you to browse through.
You'll find great colours and great designs across all the sizes: from cute little 8-inch round baskets to brilliant large pot baskets.
View and buy:
Read about us in the Huddersfield Examiner
Reporter Hilarie Stelfox has really captured the spirit of what we do. Great pictures, too. We're really delighted!
Read the full story online: The Dazzling Colours of Meltham
NEW Shwe Shwe Colours range from South Africa
Traditional Shwe Shwe designs:
Great NEW colours
Traditional Shwe Shwe Indigo fabrics have long been a favourite: in South Africa for dressmaking and clothing and cherished worldwide by patchworkers.
We've just returned from the Da Gama textiles factory in East London with their latest exciting range - Shwe Shwe Colours.
Plus: while you're browsing, we've just added 20 new patterns of traditional Shwe Shwe Indigo.
Even more perfect for patchwork!
View and buy: NEW Shwe Shwe Colours
View and buy: Shwe Shwe Colours bundles
View and buy: Traditional Shwe Shwe Indigo
Great value: Stil at 2014 price
Get 3 Fat Quarters FREE: All the Colours Bundle - 25 Fat Quarters
NEW South African fabrics now on the website
View and buy: Amafu hand-dyed fabrics from South Africa
NEW Kola nut & indigo: Musa has been hard at work
Our great friend Musa Jaiteh is a true champion of the traditional dye stuffs of the Senegambia region: kola nut & indigo. His hand-dyed fabrics and panels are beautiful beyond words, so we won't even try.
View and buy:
Kola & indigo fabrics
View and buy:
Kola & indigo fabrics
View and buy:
Kola & indigo panels
NEW fabrics and textiles now on the website: Why not have a look?
NEW limited edition batik adventure packs: colours galore!
Magie and Isobel have just put together some great new adventure packs of hand-dyed batik, mostly from Ghana.
These are all NEW designs and combinations. For many of these packs, stock is limited, so: the early bird catches the worm!
View and buy: NEW African fabric adventure packs
Kuba cloths from the Congo
Kuba is one of the truly unique and astounding African textile traditions.
These cloths are hand-woven using raffia palm in the Congo.
They demonstrate a variety of textile techniques, such as: patchwork, appliqué, embroidery and embellishment.
View and buy: Kuba Cloth
Ghana Bead Culture on YouTube
Magie is a member of the Ghana Bead Society, which works to promote the Ghana bead culture and industry within Ghana and around the world.
This short but fascinating glimpse of Ghana's bead culture was filmed at a recent Society Bazaar.
Enjoy: Watch Ghana bead video
Exclusive African Fabric Shop discount price
African Wax Print: A Textile Journey
African wax print holds a very special place in Magie's heart. When she first ventured into the chaos of an African market in 1984, African wax print fabric just grabbed her. It hasn't let go since.
Not only does Magie use African wax print fabric in her work as a textile artist, she has done extensive research into its history, manufacture, design, use and importance as an icon of African style.
So here we have it: the only book devoted exclusively to African wax print fabric!
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Magie's latest creation replicates the leather bags carried by Tuareg nomads as they cross the Sahara by camel caravan.
The Tuareg carry with them all of their meagre valuables, including verses from the Koran and silver.
Magie's bag is made from bark cloth. It contains a full set of 21 Agadez crosses which Bob bought from a Tuareg silversmith 30 years ago. The crosses represent the principal trading towns of the Sahara, including Agadez.
View: Bark Cloth
Helen Cowans is an inspired artist and an inspiring teacher based in Northumberland.
She made this quilt using a variety of our indigo fabrics for her mother.
View: Full quilt
'Safe water saves lives': and international aid organisation Just a Drop is providing just that across Africa and the developing world.
In support of a water project in rural Kenya, Annie Marsters created Isipathi Zwamanzi - 'The Water Carrier'.
She used polymers to harden and sculpt our Amafu fabrics and dress her figure of a woman carrying water. Wonderful!
Even more wonderful, her piece raised £1,000 at auction which went directly to the Kenya water project. Well done, Annie!
View: Amafu fabrics from South Africa.
Now on YouTube: How to reshape a Bolga basket
When we post out our fantastic made in Ghana fair trade Bolga baskets, we send them flattened and wrapped in bubble wrap: 'Flat as a hat,' in Bob's words.
Our baskets are so well made that reshaping them to perfection is easy and only takes a few minutes.
To show you how, Bob has just published on You Tube a short video: How to reshape a Bolga basket.
View: Bolga Fair Trade Baskets
The African Fabric Shop Supports the Dream Children's Home in Kenya
Africa is very important to us and we travel there as often as we can to source new fabrics, beads and baskets. In addition to supporting small-scale craft producers, we try to give a bit more back to Africa by donating to small African charities.
On Magie's latest trip to Kenya she visited the Dream Children's Home in the Ngong Hills near Nairobi. This inspiring project provides shelter, food, clothing, medical care, counselling, education and hope for needy orphans who have nowhere else to turn.
We are now supporting the Dream Children's Home directly through our own modest donation programme. For every sale of our Safari and Skin Print fabrics and Safari Print Adventrue Packs, we donate a percentage to this very worthy cause.
Find our more: www.dreamchildrenshome-kenya-orphanage.org
And donate directly: www.betterplace.org
Using African Fabrics
What can you do with African fabrics?
Answer: Visit our customer gallery, aptly called Using African Fabrics.
From quilts to wallhangings. From bags to clothing. You're sure to be inspired by what our innovative and creative customers have been working on.