As the orders came flooding in her business was born and Adaku hasn’t looked back.
She said: “I absolutely love the bold bright colours of African wax fabric. The structured nature of the fabric makes it a dream to sew with. People are pleasantly surprised by the fit of their wax print garments and how flattering it is on the form.
“The fabric is versatile and can be used in clothes and bag making, quilting and upholstery.
“The history of African wax prints is incredibly interesting. Many of the different designs and motifs, especially the older ones, have meanings and are often named after sayings, personalities or occasions. Essentially, the fabric, through the designs and motifs, tells a story.”
Adaku is a popular exhibitor at major craft and sewing shows across the UK and regularly appears on the Sewing Quarter television channel where her fabrics often sell out.
Her website www.dovetailed.co.uk allows customers to buy 100% cotton African wax fabric, sewing patterns for clothes size 8 - 26 and book sewing workshops run by Adaku.
Marguerite Metz, Craft Central senior event and exhibition coordinator, said: “At Craft Central, it is always exciting to have new people join our studios. Adaku will be a great addition to our creative community with her vibrant textiles. With our 67 studios, and with a diverse range of practices, we provide a friendly and conducive environment in which to work.”
Adaku will be holding her first African wax print fabric pop up show at Craft Central on January 25 from 10am to 6pm.