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stacks of fabric in an African fabric store

we love fabric!

What we do

Welcome to Urbanstax, where we aim to be your one-stop Modern African Fabric Store. We are totally in love with fabric, in particular African fabric, and hope to share the beautiful stories behind their creation and use.

Whether you are a dressmaker, upholsterer, quilter or general creative person, our aim is to give you a wide range of interesting and unique African textiles for your projects. We source African prints, tie dyes, woven strips 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 stock fabric from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania 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.

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 Maker’s Atelier- Summer 22
    I am a fan of simplicity, there is elegance in simplicity. In addition, it serves as a good backdrop for something elaborate. Our fabrics are a good example. They are often bold and bright and therefore work very well with simple garments, accessories and so on. You can let the fabric do all the work. …
  • 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.

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