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Latest news from The African Fabric Shop:
18 Mar 2020
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African Fabric Shop coronavirus updates

  • Online SALE 21-22 March - as planned
  • World Textile Day Wales - rescheduled to 24 October
  • World Textile Day South East - cancelled
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Online SALE - 2 days only: 21-22 March

We realise that many people are curtailing normal activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. Obviously, everybody must make their own decisions based on the latest WHO advice and personal circumstances.

We had advertised a Shop Open Day and Sale for Saturday 21 March.

However, because of the latest health advice, we are not actively encouraging visitors to come to the shop that day.

You may visit if you wish. We will be there from 10 - 2 taking care of online orders. In the shop, we will be washing our hands regularly and maintaining a sensible distance from each other and visitors.

Before making your decision, please be aware of the latest advice regarding limiting social contact.

Here's the good news. We're moving our spring sale ONLINE - so you can still grab a bargain. Two days only: 21 & 22 March. Happy browsing.

World Textile Days affected by health advice

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have some sudden schedule changes to our planned World Textile Days.
  • World Textile Day Wales RESCHEDULED to Saturday 24 October 2020 (from original date of 28 March)
  • World Textile Day South East 4 April at East Horsley CANCELLED
  • All other World Textile Days Not cancelled as yet, but we are liaising with venues and considering updated health advice. Please check www.worldtextileday.co.uk or www.africanfabric.co.uk regularly for up-to-date notices about our World Textile Day schedule.
In the meantime, please take all necessary precautions to protect yourselves and and the world’s communities.
Diane, Jim, Magie and Bob

Please pause to reflect

The news swirls around us. Everyone's an expert. Governments dither. Too little too late? Who knows for sure?
So take moment to think about the bigger picture.
Despite the very real crisis we face, consider how comparatively lucky we are in the rich 'west'.
A couple of years ago we were in Guinea just after the Ebola pandemic swept through West Africa. We saw what was left after the mass exodus of western businesses, experts, agencies and NGOs. Nothing - no infrastructure, no jobs, no support systems. In effect - no state. It's still like that today.
And though the Guinea people have not flourished, they have survived.
If the west - governments and populations alike - can learn from our current crises, there really may be a brighter future of co-operation and compromise for our global communities.
Thanks for reading.


Kissidougou, Guinea

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