In our previous blog post, we explored the exciting world of African print fabric available in physical stores across London. However, we understand that not everyone has the time or convenience to visit brick-and-mortar shops. That's why we're here to unveil the online options for African wax print fabric shopping. The following list is compiled of the top ten African wax print shops you can order online from; with just a few clicks, you can explore a vast array of options, conveniently browse through collections, and make a quick purchase right from the comfort of your own home.
1. Avant Fabrics
Avant Fabrics is a UK-based retailer of elegant lace fabrics, brocades, prints, and handmade Kente and Smock fabrics. “We source our fabrics from all over the world to ensure we bring you the best quality. Our aim is to ensure our customers have access to fabrics they need for their African wedding outfits and all occasions regardless of where they live in the UK and Europe.”
2. Ankara Shop
Ankara Shop “provide high-quality African wax print fabrics at affordable prices” with fabrics that are “perfect to create your own trendy outfit or accessories with”, made with 100% cotton and genuine wax prints that are made in Africa.
3. Vogue Fabrics
Founded in 1970, Vogue Fabrics is the UK’s leading Nigerian Fashion retail and wholesale African Fabric and import an array of superb quality fabrics representing the vibrant culture in Africa. “We stock the very best ranges of Laces, Brocades, Georges, Head ties, Waxes and Damask fabrics. Some of the fabrics we have are exclusive to Vogue Fabrics and our stock is forever changing to keep in line with fashion and demand.”
Having both an independent online store and an Etsy store, at Urbanstax it is their “mission is to source and sell beautiful and authentic African fabric. We source African Wax Print fabric a.k.a. Ankara, African batiks and tie-dye with a special love for Nigerian Adire.” Moreover, “All the fabric we sell is made in Africa and we currently have fabric from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania. We update our stock regularly.”
5. House of Mami Wata
With both an independent online store and an Etsy store, the American store (which offers shipping to the UK), House of Mami Wata offers a wide selection of the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from her shops.
6. Vlisco Shop
“Vlisco has been designing and manufacturing distinctive fabrics loved by African women since 1846. The specially crafted fabrics – Wax Hollandais, Super-Wax and Java – continue to be made with time-honoured methods and materials in Helmond, the Netherlands.” They offer worldwide shipping!
This renowned online marketplace brings together a multitude of independent sellers offering a diverse range of African wax print fabrics. From traditional designs to contemporary interpretations, Etsy is a treasure trove of unique finds where you are sure to find something. Ensure you check the reviews to gain insight into the sellers!
8. African Clothing Store
“African Clothing Store was founded in the UK by Joyce Tetteh. Originally from Accra in Ghana, Joyce Tetteh was inspired whilst on a trip to her homeland after visiting a shop selling African print clothing. Joyce’s vision was to create a shop selling African clothing with lots of variety to a wider audience, making these products available throughout Europe.” Despite being a clothing store, African Clothing Store also has a wide range of fabrics.
“Growing up and living in Benin City, Nigeria for 15 years, the art of "African print" fashion was part of my daily life. After moving to the Netherlands in 2004 the love for African wax print fabrics and fashion always remained. For me, it has always been a way to stay connected with my Nigerian roots. I love to combine modern styles of clothing with both modern and traditional fabrics. Also integrating vibrant colours into casual daily fashion is a combination I love. For me, this webshop is a way to share my passion for African fashion with everybody.”
Afrikrea was created in 2016 and is an e-commerce marketplace, bringing together thousands of sellers from Africa and all over the world. “After growing up in Mali and working all over the world for companies like PwC or Alstom, Moulaye dedicates today his experience to African culture. Thanks to that, Afrikrea now processes 10M$ + of transactions in 150+ countries.”
These online shops provide a gateway to a world of African wax print fabrics at your fingertips. Enjoy the convenience of browsing through an extensive selection, adding items to your cart, and having them delivered right to your doorstep!