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Teal and Orange Ankara

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 out that the design is sometimes referred to as ‘Crevettes’ which is shrimp in french!

Each colour combination looks so different just with the change of colour. I think my favourite versions are the Brown and Green and the very unique Teal and Orange which just pops. What is your favourite?

Look What They Made- Astrid

From our ‘Look What They Made!’ gallery, the lovely Astrid made her version into a gorgeous maxi skirt. Be sure to send in your creations so we can share your creativity. You also get a special discount code when you. Win-win!

All versions are available to purchase by the yard by clicking on the images below.

Have a great weekend.

Burnt orange and purple African wax print

Yellow and Blue Ankara

Teal and Orange Ankara

Green and Brown Ankara

Pink Ankara

 

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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 for the event. We are on Stand G20!

Urbanstax at the festival of quilts 2017

Urbanstax at the festival of quilts 2017

 

 

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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 just leave a comment to enter. For more chances to win, see below!

Open to participants in the UK only. We will choose winners at random at midnight GMT on the 20th of August. Winners will be announced here.

 

Ticket Giveway- The Handmade Fair

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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 on Print look!

With this approach you simply mix and match different prints. Whether it be florals on geometric, or lines overs abstract motifs. The idea is more is more! I think this also applies to any prints not just African prints.

From Stella Jean to crafters on Etsy, checkout our inspiration gallery where the print on print look has been executed beautifully.

 

Ofoe Amegavie Studio of Colours

Studio of Colours by Ofoe Amegavie

Duro Olowu Ready To Wear 2015

Duro Olowu Ready To Wear 2015

Sosomeshop- Print on Print

Sosomeshop

DFL- Laptop Bag

DFL- Laptop Bag

Stella Jean- Print on Print

Stella Jean- 2012

Afrotechicolour therapy by Ray Clarke

Afrotechicolour therapy by Ray Clarke

We also have a growing Pinterest board with out favourite print on print looks. Do you have any to share? Do let us know.

 

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Yoruba-Blues-CIAD

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.

Àdírẹ is the Yoruba word for the resist dyed cloth made in Yoruba towns in Nigeria. The cloth functions both as an aesthetic expression and a means of communication, offering a deep insight into Yoruba religion, culture, folklore, and history. Her talk will be illustrated with short videos, photography, music and Lucille’s own indigo work.

WHEN: Friday 28th July 6 – 8pm BST

TIME: 6 pm to 8 pm

WHERE: Rootstein Hopkins Space, London College of Fashion

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The Handmade Fair 2017

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 something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools and materials.

The Super Theatre, Skills Workshops and Grand Makes are hosted by the UK’s most renowned experts, so you can be sure you’re learning from the best in the business. It’s not only a fun day out, but you’ll also be able to take away a bundle of skills and knowledge that you can use to improve your own life and home.

DATE: 15th – 17th September, 2o17

WHERE: The Green at Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9BU.

Pssst.. we have some free tickets going so be on the look out on the blog for more details.

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Look What They Made- Astrid

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 able to share you creativity on our ‘Look What They Made! gallery

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Ankara Dresses

Purple and Lime Green Ankara

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 our favourites from Etsy.

Long Ankara Dress by Maggiegold56

Long Ankara Dress by Maggiegold56

 

 

Hoody dress by Meenmarket

 

Green Ankara Dress by Nasbstitches

 

 

Dashiki Dress by MADKollection

 

Ankara Apple dress by Gitas PORTAL

 

Esta Dress by BeccaApparel

 

Maxi Ankara Dress by AmarysDesigns

 

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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 comes in a 5 Yard length and is made from 100% cotton.

 

Indigo leaf adire

Indigo leaf adire

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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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