Examples of the beautiful work people have created using fabric from our store.

A lovely interior project by Roads 2 Joya, for a yoga studio in Peckham. Seating in chocolate velvet and scatter cushions in Ghanaian print featuring our mustard and pink Speedbird print and a teal and green Nsu Bura Record Print. Really love the mix, so vibrant!

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Look What They Made! Tara

We loooooove to see what our lovely customers have made and the very creative Tara has set the ball rolling for the year. Bring on 2018! Tara bought the Ghanaian Snail print from us and this print has proved particularly popular in the bright red version. (We must get more in stock!).

Now look at the clever combination she has made. Two pieces that can be worn separately as well as together. Three outfits in one, to be styled in quite a number of ways depending on the mood you are in or occasion you are attending.

I love a print skirt any day and my favourite look of Tara’s is the one with the denim jacket. So cool.

Thanks so much for sending us your pictures!

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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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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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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 www.thealakoarchive.com

The Alako Archives

The Alako Archives- Adura Ogunleye

The Alako Archives


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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


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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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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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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Louise bought the Classic Shell Print in Burnt Orange and Green from our Etsy shop and made this simple yet stylish outfit. Thanks so much for sending us your picture! It is really good to see the old school Shell print in action.

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