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we love fabric!

Welcome and thank you for stopping by at Urbanstax your Modern African Fabric Shop. We are in love with fabric and in particular African fabric and hope to share the beautiful stories behind their creation.

Our aim is to give you a wide range of interesting and unique African textiles. We endeavour to source African prints and batiks manufactured or handmade on the African continent. This is important as the textile industry is vital to the economies of these countries, local employment and investment in creativity. We currently have fabric from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast and continue to add new fabric from more countries to our selection. We are constantly in search of new suppliers and designs, all from African makers.

Choose from a selection of Ankara fabricAso-oke fabric, Kente, Adire, handmade batik, shweshwe and much more. 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.

Have a look in our shop and do get in touch if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • In the Press: The Guardian Weekend Feature Maro Itoje
    The indomitable Maro Itoje speaks on celebrating African Art, black history in the British curriculum, race, growing up in the diaspora and life goals. Read the online version of the article here- How rugby star Maro Itoje found his voice: ‘For black people, the road is often trickier’ | Maro Itoje | The Guardian. I …
  • Love Sewing Magazine Issue 59: A Brief History of Shweshwe
    Did you see our bit of research on shweshwe fabric from South Africa was featured in the October edition of Love Sewing Magazine. Here is a glimpse. Check out a printed copy if you get a chance.  
  • Love Sewing Magazine Issue 54: Out of Africa!
    Woo hooooooo! What a pleasant surprise. Urbanstax gets a mention in the latest edition of Love Sewing Magazine. It is summer time and the perfect excuse to incorporate some bold colours and patterns into you handmade wardrobe says Love Sewing and we totally agree.
  • Annie Sloan’s Little Black Book
    After meeting Annie Sloan at the Handmade fair last year, we were really excited to find out that she has mentioned Urbanstax as one of the brands in her Little Black Book selection in the March edition of the English Home magazine. Thank you very much. We are so glad you like our curation and …

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