Modern African Fabric

Urbanstax – where you can buy African fabric; from batiks, to wax prints and woven cloths. We source from markets and makers around the African continent.

Choose from a selection of Ankara fabric, Aso-oke fabric, Kente, Adire, handmade batik, shweshwe and much more. We are constantly in search of new suppliers and designs, all from African makers.

If you are looking for that perfect print or batik fabric for you next sewing project, we are sure you will find something unique and just for you.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Fabric of the Week: Crevettes Print

There are some of our favourite fabric designs which come in different colourways. The Crevettes print is one of them. When I first came across the Teal and Orange version of this fabric design, I thought the abstract design resembled swimming sea creatures of some description. I was amused and not too surprised when I found …

Urbanstax at the Festival of Quilts 2017

I am feeling so proud of the Urbanstax stand at the Festival of Quilts 2017. We have met such wonderful and interesting, not to mention, creative people and we are looking forward to meeting more. We are there over this weekend; the 12th and 13th of August, so stop by if you are in Birmingham …

Free Ticket Giveaway- The Handmade Fair 2017

Join us on from the 15th to the 17th of September 2017 at Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair on the Green at Hampton Court Palace. Urbanstax will be at Stand W149 with bright African Wax prints and Handmade Batik fabric from West Africa! So do come and say hello. We have two pairs of free tickets to give away so …

Ways to Wear African Textiles- Print on Print

I often hear people comment on how much they love the bold colours and patterns of African prints and textiles, yet are unsure just what to do with them and how to wear them. Well here is one approach that I quite like. One whereby all rules are thrown out of the window. The Print …

The Yoruba Blues- The Unspoken Language of Nigerian Indigo Textiles

Taking place on Friday the 28th July 2017, the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora is hosting an event with Lucille Junkere talking about her indigo dyeing journey since her residency at the William Morris Gallery. She has recently travelled to Nigeria through a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship where she studied indigo dyeing techniques amongst Yoruba artisans. …

The Handmade Fair 2017

We are back at The Handmade Fair in September, on the same stand too Stand W149. A little background….. The Handmade Fair was started by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make …

Look What They Made! Astrid in Crevette

Astrid does it again in her gorgeous maxi skirt made from our green and brown crevette print. As you can see, Ankara travels well and Astrid makes it look fabulous! Do share your creations from our fabrics and we’ll send you a special discount code for a discount on your next order. We’ll also be …

Ankara Dresses

Ever wondered what to make with your African wax prints? Ankara dresses are a great way to make a fashion statement and have the added bonus of being the perfect canvas for a bold large print. You get to appreciate the more intricate fabric designs especially the larger print motifs. Here are a few of …

Fabric of the Week: Indigo Leaf Adire

Fabric fun, fabric friday. Today we have a batik as the fabric of the week. The Indigo Leaf Adire is a handmade batik from Nigeria. This type of batik is known as ‘Adire Alabere’ as the unique designs are created by stitching white cloth before  dyeing the fabric to create these beautiful rich organic patterns. The fabric …

Look What They Made: Chinedu

A new addition to our ‘Look What They Made!‘ gallery is from Chinedu of Chinedesigns. He makes (and styles) shirts beautifully and his fabric of choice is from our Adire selection. Handmade batik fabric from Nigeria. Please send images of your wonderful creations, I would love to share them on our blog.

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