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.


  • Pink and Mustard Elevator print- 6 Yards

  • Crevettes Print, Red and Blue- 6 Yards

  • Turquoise and Brown Floral Ankara- 6 Yards

  • Teal and Yellow Leaf Ankara Print- 6 Yards

  • Red and Blue Butterfly Ankara Print- 6 Yards

  • Blue and Green Leaf Ankara- 6 Yards

  • Turquoise and Brown Ladder Print- 1 Yard

  • Tropical Summer Ankara- By the yard

  • Turquoise and Brown Lattice Ankara- 1 Yard

  • Teal and Magenta Leaf Ankara Print- By the Yard

  • Red, blue and yellow wing print-1 Yard

  • Pink and Mustard Elevator print- By the Yard


Fabric of the Week: Abstract Butterfly Print

This fun yet versatile Butterfly print is our fabric of the week. It is produced in Nigeria on 100% cotton and features an abstract butterfly print, available in three colourways. The main colour of all three versions is navy blue but each has a slightly different background and highlight colour. All are available to purchase …

Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2018 Collection

Selected looks from the Stella McCartney SS18 Collection. Amongst a larger collection of easy, slightly oversized and floaty pieces, the collection included these colourful African Print looks. It is interesting to see Ankara being used on the catwalk in a more mainstream way with the two Stella’s taking it to the catwalk. Yes it is …

Free Tickets: Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexander Palace, 2017

Join us from the 11th to the 15th of October 2017 at The Knitting and Stitching Show in Alexander Palace. Urbanstax will be at Stand RCH7 with our bright African prints and handmade Batik fabric. So do come and say hello. As usual, we have a few free tickets to give away, so if you are interested …

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2017

Featured Image: Olalekan Jeyifous, Lagos Makoko Canal, 2015, C-print on Dibond, 60 x 40 cm. Courtesy 50 Golborne   1:54 is an international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art. It is back in London for the fifth edition and runs from the 5th to the 8th of October 2017. The Art Fair takes place at …

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 …

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