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 fabricAso-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.


  • Blue and Orange Butterfly Print Ankara- Sold by the Yard

  • Teal and Orange African Print Fat Quarter

  • Pink Ankara Fat Quarter

  • Red and Blue Snail Ankara Fat Quarter

  • Olive Green and Brown Snail African Print Fat Quarter

  • Speedbird African Print, Burnt Orange Fat Quarter

  • Purple Orange and Green Hearts Ankara Fat Quarter

  • Pink African Print Fat Quarter

  • Aquamarine and Brown Snail Ankara Fat Quarter

  • Amber and Orange African Print Fat Quarter

  • Orange and Yellow Ankara Fat Quarter

  • Highlife Ankara Fat Quarter


Look What They Made- Adura of The Alako Archive

Adura Ogunleye is a creative entrepreneur who blogs about her views on fashion, lifestyle and business on the Alako Archive. She has created this gorgeous look which includes a print vest from our Hand Motif Ankara and skirt from our Green Adire tie-dye. Gorgeous! I love the mix of  colours and motifs and the layering. …

Free Ticket Giveaway- The Great British Sewing Bee Live

The Great British Sewing Bee LIVE is an event for anyone with a love of dressmaking, textiles, fashion and tailoring whatever level you are. The show hosts hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, fashion galleries, catwalk shows, drop in clinics and a celebrity super theatre, as well as over 200 exhibitors selling specialist dressmaking and textile supplies. …

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 …

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