African Fabrics

 

African fabrics are as beautiful and varied as countries and cultures they represent. Our modest collection includes traditional prints and motifs from Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo. We also have a few of the more rare prints from Vlisco, a historic textile manufacturer headquartered in The Netherlands, making fabrics influenced by Indonesian batiks by way of its colonial past in Asia and Africa.

These fabrics are printed using a wax technique, a legacy from Indonesian batiks. They will arrive stiff from wax and, after one washing, the cloth becomes soft and delicious to work with. From their use of 100% cotton, to their symbolic motifs, all of these fabrics are quintiesstially African and appropriate for anyone to wear, make quilts, and decorate with.

Sunrise, Sunset
Geometric pattern of alternating colorful squares and joyful sunsets. Or, are they sunrises?
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches45 inches
  • Price per yard-$12.50
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Lozenges
Are they buttons to push or holes to putt a ball into? Maybe they're Necco wafers. Whatever they are, this print is a ton of chocolate-y fun.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$7.50
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Good Living, Maroon
This truly global fabric is influenced by a Chinese style of batik that was made in the Javanese village of Pekalongan. The name Pekalongan became linked to a dyeing and printing style using very strong and saturated colours.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$17.50
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Good Living, Blue
This truly global fabric is influenced by a Chinese style of batik that was made in the Javanese village of Pekalongan. The name Pekalongan became linked to a dyeing and printing style using very strong and saturated colours.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$17.50
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Congrès
Popular in Côte d'Ivoire and Togo, this print is flatering on all bodies and looks great in every room of the house. It also reminds of the exterior of a pineapple, which makes me love it even more.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$7.50
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Moons & Stars
Bright blue and evenly dotted with repeating crescent moon and star motif. This is pretty much the coolest polka dot. I'd love to see this made into square dance costumes or, on the other side of the spectrum, rad streetwear.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Price per yard-$6.00
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Pepper Leaf
Geometric pattern of alternating colorful squares and joyful sunsets.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches45 inches
  • Manufaturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$12.50
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Nkrumah's Pencil
Named after Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkruma, who used his pen to sign legislation as a method of controlling political opponents. His pen, therefore, was considered mightier than the sword, hence the name.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$7.75
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Pocket Sunshine
This truly global fabric is influenced by a Chinese style of batik that was made in the Javanese village of Pekalongan. The name Pekalongan became linked to a dyeing and printing style using very strong and saturated colours.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$17.50
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VIP
This truly global fabric is influenced by a Chinese style of batik that was made in the Javanese village of Pekalongan. The name Pekalongan became linked to a dyeing and printing style using very strong and saturated colours.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$17.50
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Speedbird, Lime
In Ghana, Speed Bird patterns refer to the transience of riches: rich today, poor tomorrow, for money has wings and can fly away. 
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$12.50
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Eye Of My Rival
Bright blue and evenly dotted with repeating crescent moon and star motif. This is pretty much the coolest polka dot. I'd love to see this made into square dance costumes or, on the other side of the spectrum, rad streetwear.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$12.50
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Hot Pink, Hot Yellow 1
Three prints in one, loved by garment sewists and quilters alike. Same colorway as Hot Pink, Hot Yellow 2.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches45 inches
  • Price per yard-$14.00
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Hot Pink, Hot Yellow 2
Hot pink, hot yellow, and hot geometric forms. Same colorway as Hot Pink, Hot Yellow 1.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$14.00
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Java by Michiel Schuurman
Trunly imaginative print, evokes a coral reef. Guaranteed Real Java Print designed by Michiel Schuurman for Vlisco.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$17.50
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Java - Pink Sky
Stunning, otherworldly imagery. Guaranteed Real Java Print
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$17.50
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Conseille, Tri-Color
Popular in Côte d'Ivoire and Togo, this print is flatering on all bodies and looks great in every room of the house.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$6.00
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My Money In My Hand
This wonderful multi-print features the hand motif found in many African fabrics. The hand, which is holding coins, indicates the wearer is financially independent and, therefore, ready to partner up (marry) without the trappings of being dependent on their spouse.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$7.50
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Givenchy
Gorgeous harvest tones. This extra-large print is will make stunning curtains, bold gaments, and truly elegant quilt tops. This image is 48" x 36", sold in full yards only. Sorry, no 1/2 yards.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Price per yard-$13.50
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Papaya Spiral
Another spiral print with a stunning palette - darkest teal and white, goldenrod and canary yellow, and just a hint of blushing pink. Truly stunning colorplay.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Price per yard-$13.50
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Mandala
Guaranteed real Dutch Wax Block Print. Exquisite designwork is embellished with gold accents on one side of fabric. Premium limited edition.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-50 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$25.00
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Trifle
I found this print in a little shop in London. I don't know anything about it other than it reminds me of English trifle with strawberry jam.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Manufacturer-Vlisco
  • Price per yard-$11.50
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Speedbird, Lavendar-Pink
In Ghana, Speed Bird patterns refer to the transience of riches: rich today, poor tomorrow, for money has wings and can fly away. 
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Price per yard-$12.50
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Samakaka
Originating from Angola, samakaka is a bold, instantly recognizable print. This pink, blue, black, and white colorway veers slightly from traditional red and yellow samakaka and complements anything from streetwear to beach cottage interiors.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Guaranteed Wax Block Prints
  • Price per yard-$9.50
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BYSW I
Stunning deco-inspired brown and yellow Java superwax.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Vlisco Java Superwax
  • Price per yard-$15.50
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BYSW II
Beautiful brown and yellow floral Java superwax.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches45 inches
  • Vlisco Java Superwax
  • Price per yard-$15.50
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"Lips"
This ubiquitous print is called Lips in the contemporary fabric trade. But, its roots go far and wide, found from Turkey to India, as well as many regions in Africa. The "lips" represent tiger stripes and the three balls, cintamani, have a fascinating cultural and art history, entirely worth spending an afternoon looking up.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-48 inches
  • Price per yard-$7.75
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Record AKA Target AKA Nsu Bura
This intstantly recognizable print has been a favorite since it hit the market in the 1960s. Referred to, for clear reasons, record or target, this motif is also called nsu bura (water well) after the ripples seen when a pebble is dropped on the surface of the water. Coral, with a hint of lime green.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches45 inches
  • Price per yard-$14.50
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Zig Zag Zowie
Three prints in one, this fantastic colorway combines lime green, canary yellow, and safety orange in way that is entirely light and fresh.
  • Fiber Content-100% Cotton
  • Width-45 inches
  • Guaranteed Wax Block Prints
  • Price per yard-$11.50
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