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35.00 USD

This tote bag can serve various functions; for grocery shopping, going to the park, a picnic bag, for books and magazines and much more. Its all up to you.

The straps are wide making the tote easy and comfortable to carry on the shoulder. The fabric I have used is a traditional tie dye fabric from Nigeria known as 'Adire' and the inside is lined with bright orange print fabric. The tote is also stitched with orange thread. All for that extra pop of contrasting colour.

I love this particular bag because of the fabric and the tradtional techniques used to create it. It is all done by hand by women of the Yoruba tribe in Southern Nigeria. The fabric is folded and sewn before it is dyed and after it is dyed, the thread is removed. If you look at the close up shot, you can see small traces of where the fabric was sewn before this process. It tells a story of how it was made!


Dimensions:
Height: 42cm (16.5")
Width : 35cm (14") at top, 45cm (18")at base
Straps: 30cm (12")


110.00 USD

This large statement clutch purse is made out of a Nigerian fabric known as ?Aso-oke? which is a loom woven textile similar in texture and weight to denim or canvas. This version is an old-school vintage woven in hand-spun cotton. ?Alaari? refers to a reddish version of Aso-oke which is a rare find as the techniques and materials used for production are now uncommon.

It is lined internally with a bright green cotton fabric for that little bit of extra pop of colour every time you open your bag. It has several layers of padding to give it stability and to protect its contents. It is quite spacious and will fit a phone, money, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more. It has a handy strap making it easy to carry and has a small internal pocket.

Dimensions:
Width at top: 12 inches (30 cm)
Width at bottom: 14 inches (35 cm)
Height: 8.25 inches (21 cm)


30.00 USD

The Pico Snap pouch is a tiny little purse that would be great for coins, lip gloss and your little bits and pieces that you want to keep safe but stylish at the same time!

It is made in a striped fabric known as Aso-oke (a hand-loom woven fabric from Nigeria, West Africa) and lined internally with pink cotton fabric.

Dimensions:
Width at top: 3.5 inches (9 cm)
Width at bottom: 5 inches (14 cm)
Height: 5 inches (14 cm)


60.00 USD

This African batik blazer is made from a dark blue fabric from Southern Nigeria, West Africa. Each of the white symbols on the blazer represents a particular teaching or saying in the Yoruba language. It is like wearable art!

A blazer is a great transitional piece as it is a good way to transform a daytime look into a nighttime outfit and also seasonally, from spring to summer or even summer to winter.

It has 3/4 length sleeves and comes in a cropped style.

Pair it with a white tee and jeans or put over a cute short dress!

Available Sizes:
US4/UK8/EUR36
US6/UK10/EUR38
US8/UK12/EUR40
US10/UK14/EUR42
US12/UK16/EUR44
US14/UK18/EUR46

Available in different fabrics:

BROWN BATIK: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/171025178/brown-batik-blazer-african-tie-dye

INDIGO & CITRUS BATIK: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/169986061/african-indigo-citrus-batik-blazer

INDIGO & SKY BLUE BATIK: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/192583149/african-indigo-sky-batik-blazer-hand

HUMMING BIRD ANKARA: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/183809626/humming-bird-ankara-print-blazer-african


100.00 USD

A pink statement clutch purse perfect for going from a daytime look to an evening outfit. This print clutch comes in a soft pink print fabric with a teal floral motif.

It is an oversized bag that is stylish and practical at the same time. It has lots of room for all your bits and pieces and can even fit a small collapsible umbrella.

It is made in a cotton print fabric from Ghana known as ?Woodin? and lined internally with chocolate brown cotton fabric.

It has several internal layers to give it structure and to protect its contents. It will fit a phone, money, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more.

Dimensions:
Width at top: 12 inches (30 cm)
Width at bottom: 14 inches (35 cm)
Height: 8.25 inches (21 cm)

Note: Fabric placement may be slightly different from that shown in the image.


30.00 USD

The Pico pouch is a little purse that would be great for coins, lip gloss and your little bits and pieces that you want to keep safe but stylish at the same time!

It is made in a black and pink Aso-oke fabric (a hand-loom woven fabric from Nigeria, West Africa) and lined internally with cotton fabric. This particular one is something of a vintage find as they are no longer produced in this format.

The Pico pouch makes a great coin purse or change purse that can be held on its own and can also fit nicely into a larger bag.

Dimensions:
Width at top: 3.5 inches (9cm)
Width at bottom: 5 inches (14 cm)
Height: 5 inches (14cm)


45.00 USD

A simple envelope-style clutch that makes a distinct statement. It is slightly bigger than a regular clutch making it versatile as an evening purse or a great way to dress up a casual look.

It is made in a vintage ?Aso-oke? (pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) which is a traditional hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba tribe of south west Nigeria. Aso oke is usually worn for special occasions like weddings, festivals, coronations and so on. Etu is a deep blue, almost black, version of the material and often has very thin light blue stripes. Etu means guinea fowl, and the cloth is said to resemble the bird?s plumage.

It is also lined internally with a blue African print cotton fabric and closes with magnetic snaps. It is spacious enough to fit a phone, money, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more.

Dimensions:
Width: 12 inches (30 cm)
Height: 8.5 inches (22 cm)


75.00 USD

Call it a cowl, snood, neckwarmer, anything you like! This funky accessory simply slips over the head to keep the neck protected against the cold. Its stretchy so it is worn very easily and one size fits all.

It is a practical and functional alternative to the long scarf and it can easily sit above your coat or under it and doesn't fall off or get in the way.

The yarn used is a luxurious and sumptuous Alpaca and wool mix making it warm and soft against the skin.

Width (laid flat): 10 inches (26 cm)
Height (laid flat): 16 inches (40 cm)

Other colour versions available:

MIDNIGHT BLUE: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/117578038/chunky-alpaca-cowl-in-midnight-blue
CREAM: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/85112227/cream-snood-alpaca-wool-cowl-chunky-knit


85.00 USD

Emerald; colour of the year (well so says the people at Pantone) is the colour of this Super snap clutch.

This medium sized clutch is stylish and practical at the same time. You can fit your phone, wallet, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more.

It is made in a tie dye fabric from Nigeria. This is known as 'Adire'. It is also lined internally with a bright orange cotton fabric for a flash of colour every time you open your purse!

It has several internal layers to give it stability and to protect its contents. The purse closes with a kiss lock frame.

Giving as a gift? You can even add a gift box and message to your order.

Please note: Due to the organic nature of the fabric, the pattern may vary slightly from that shown in the images.

Dimensions:
Width at top: 10 inches (25 cm)
Width at bottom: 11.5 inches (29 cm)
Height: 7 inches (18 cm)

As seen on the Diaspora Calling; Africa Utopia catwalk at the Southbank Centre, London. Batik peplum top also available here in our store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/171042061/adire-batik-peplum-top-multicoloured


85.00 USD

The Buttefly print clutch is one of our most popular Ankara clutches. The Supersnap clutch makes a great evening bag or could easily add a nice touch to a more casual look.

This one is super because it is big! Stylish and practical at the same time. I made this because I became frustrated with small clutches which look great but are often too small.

It is made in a cotton print fabric from Nigeria. This is known as 'Ankara'. It is also lined internally with cotton fabric.

It is pink and has butterflies, perfect for when you are in a girly mood!

It has several layers of interfacing and batting to give it stability and to protect its contents. It will fit a phone, money, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more.

Giving as a gift? You can even add a gift box and message to your order.

Dimensions:
Width at top: 10 inches (25 cm)
Width at bottom: 11.5 inches (29 cm)
Height: 7 inches (18 cm)

Note: Fabric placement may be slightly different from that shown in the image.

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