Stand C47
African Fabric Shop, The
The African Fabric Shop is a specialist fair trade dealer in African fabrics, textiles, beads and baskets; plus quilt kits inspired by Africa.

Exhibitor’s Products

Jo'burgh Beauty II Wallhanging Kit
Newly updated with our latest Shwe Shwe Colours fabric from South Africa and African wax print fabrics from Ghana. Includes handmade recycled beads for embellishing. With full pattern and instructions. 76 x 76 cm / 30 x 30 in. Only £26.10. At Festival of Quilts we'll have this and many other exciting quilt and bag kits to tempt you!
Hand-dyed African batiks
All of our hand-dyed African batiks are unique, one-off creations. We travel regularly in West Africa and buy these fabrics directly from the women who make them. From £4.60 per Fat Quarter and £18.40 per metre. Get a 10% discount when you buy a whole piece, minimum 2.5 metres. Or, try a Fat Quarter bundle - perfect for patchwork!
Fair Trade Bolga Baskets
Our high quality, fairly traded market baskets are handwoven in the weaving villages near Bolgatanga in northern Ghana. They're functional, durable, long lasting and above all beautiful! We pick every basket individually, testing it for strength, quality of weave and neatness of finish. More importantly, we make sure that the weavers get the best possible return for their creative work. This means that we - and you - get only the very best quality baskets. TIP: Shop early... at Festival of Quilts, we often sell out of these fantastic baskets.
Recycled African Beads
Nothing gets wasted in Africa! All of our handmade, fair trade beads are made from recycled materials: bottle and powdered glass, brass, plastic and paper. We also have beads made from various shells, bone, stone, clay and mud. Sourced mainly from artisan makers in the hill villages around Koforidua, Ghana. Pictured: Oklah Tetteh's recycled glass beads made from Bombay Sapphire gin bottles.
African Wax Print Fabrics
As we point out in our book African Wax Print: A Textile Journey - 'African wax print fabric is a defining methaphor of African design, fashion and expression; an immediately recognisable icon throughout the world'. Quite simply, it just says, 'Africa.' All 100% cotton and made in Ghana. £3.90 per Fat Quarter. £15.60 per metre. Or try a bundle of Fat Quarters!