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When you have the most creative customers…. Alison of @thestitchistsews does the layered print on print look! She stopped by to say hello at the knitting and stitching show earlier this year. Her outfit incorporates the Olive Green and Blue Ankara Print.

She brought me a lovely gift; a clever little head wrap with no complicated tying required! Very cool and thank you.

We’d love to see and share YOUR creations. Just tag (#urbanstax), or email us an image you like and we will give you a discount in your next order with us.

Have a great week.

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Your African Fabric Wishlist

African Fabric Wishlist

Hope you have had a good week so far. It’s nearly the weekend. Yay! Just some news on the website. You can now create a wishlist of your favourite fabric picks. Just click on the heart by the fabric you like and it gets added to you wishlist, saving them all for you in one spot where you can decide which you would like to buy.

You can also share your selection on social media or with friends and family, making it easier for them to get you that birthday or Christmas gift!

Dive in and start building your wishlist today.

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Anne in Urbanstax

The lovely Anne bought the Nigerian Mulitcoloured Batik from us at the Festival of Quilts earlier this year. Check out out her gorgeous dress. I think it makes a simple yet stylish outfit which can be worn quite formally. You can definitely wear this to work!

What I find particularly interesting is that a lot of people are worried about distinct patterns often present in African batiks and print and about pattern matching in order to achieve a nice professional finish to their garments. Anne executed this quite well and even though the pattern is bold, it lends itself well to the style she has chosen.

Thanks so much for sending us your picture!

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At shows and events where I have Aso-oke on display, I often get asked what exactly it is and what it is used for. A lot of people are often surprised that it is used for clothing and this is understandable as the textile is thick and weighty.

U.Mi-1 (pronounced is a fashion label which has a new menswear collection called ‘The Revellers’. The collection incorporates this beautiful textile wonderfully. This is what they say about the collection.

“The Revellers is the third and final instalment celebrating the Yoruba -the southwest people of Nigeria. It is inspired by the Aso-Oke, a 15cm-width hand-loomed traditional regal cloth worn at festivals and important events. Reminiscent of the dandies from the 30’s jazz era, equally famed for their party revelry, the spirit of summer is seen through voluminous jackets and high-waisted trousers made from strips of fabric that colourful lining peak through. We invite you to experience the Yoruba’s spirit of lightness, optimism and frivolity”.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from their collection but be sure to check out The Revellers to see more.


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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 by the yard by clicking on the images below.

I have made a simple tunic dress from the version with the cream background and it has turned out quite nicely. Easy to wear as a dress in the summer and great for layering with leggings or jeans in the colder weather!

What sewing ideas do you have for an abstract butterfly print?


Butterfly Print Ankara

Butterfly Print Ankara

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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 bright and colourful. Yes it is is bold. That is what makes Ankara fabric fun and vibrant to design and to wear. You don’t always have to make a statement but when you do, make it a big one!


Stella McCartney SS18

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Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexander Palace

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 in attending, get in touch via email so we can post them to you. Kindly note that the tickets are valid on all days except Saturday and Thursday morning.

We will send out one ticket per email received on a first come, first served basis. See you there!


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 Somerset House each October and showcases over 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora.

Drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.

I went to the 2nd edition of the fair and I didn’t want to leave. There was so much to see with such interesting and varied art work. This comes highly recommended and maybe one day I will be able to purchase one or two pieces.


  • Venue: Somerset House, South Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
  • Dates: 5th to 8th October, 2017
  • Book Tickets: from Eventbrite
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The Alako Archives- Adura Ogunleye

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. I don’t really need many words. The images speak beautifully. Check out more on

The Alako Archives

The Alako Archives- Adura Ogunleye

The Alako Archives


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Great British Sewing Bee Live- Free Tickets

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. Spend a day re-stocking your material stash, learning to sew, master the art of dressmaking, see the judges and contestants from the TV programme plus so much more.

Urbanstax will be there on Stand E21 with our Ankara prints and batiks so come and find us! The show is in just 3 weeks and we have  a load of free tickets to giveaway so you must come!

Join us from the 21st to the 24th of September 2017 at London’s Excel Centre.

We have 5 free tickets (for Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd) to give away, each one allows you to take a friend. 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 14th of September. Winners will be announced here.

Great British Sewing Bee Live- Free Tickets

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