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Announcement    25% off the entire shop!!
2022 diaries now available in different sizes: A7, A6, Slimline, A5 and A4
Check the fantastic collection brought back from Ivory Coast!


Last updated on 25 Nov, 2021

25% off the entire shop!!
2022 diaries now available in different sizes: A7, A6, Slimline, A5 and A4
Check the fantastic collection brought back from Ivory Coast!



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Kouassi Gaelle

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Kouassi Gaelle


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About TamiahAfricanDesigns

Sales 2,882
On Etsy since 2012

TAMIAH AFRICAN FABRIC DESIGNS - From Africa to the World via the UK

Tamiah African Fabric Designs (aka Tamiah Designs) is owned by me, Kouassi Gaelle. Kouassi is my Ivorian name and Gaelle the French but the usual one. Kouassi is normally a male name in Ivory Coast but my parents wanted a boy so badly that they called me the male version of Akissi.

I am a French/ Ivorian African textile crafter. I was born in Paris, France from Ivorian parents and spent most of my childhood in Ivory Coast surrounded by cheerful and colourful West African textiles also known as Ankara or African wax prints. I was fascinated by them.

After returning to France when I was 17 for post secondary studies, I really missed wearing my wax outfits and started collecting them whenever I was going back on holiday.

After graduating with an engineering postgraduate degree in France, I decided to move to the UK in 2006 which was a lifelong dream but still there was a missing piece in the puzzle of my life. I always loved Science but what I loved about it was actually the investigatory part.

So, after unexpectedly losing my Dad to cancer, I took the plunge and decided to start a business that will enable me to fulfill myself personally and professionally. I also had the unique opportunity to work with my beloved textiles and showcase/promote them in any possible way.

So, here I am with Tamiah Designs, named after my daughter. I found strength in both of them when I lost "Papa". Both Tamiahs are my pride and energy source!

The business is built on a passion for fine textiles, and in particular for African textiles. Their vibrant and colourful attributes are the main source of inspiration.

We are designing and manufacturing handmade accessories for home, office and school using African textiles. For the time being, they are all individually handcrafted in our studio in Bensham, Gateshead, UK.

Also, each piece in the Tamiah Designs line is handcrafted in limited edition batches. This provides a much sought-after appeal to our pieces, while offering unique designs that are handcrafted to the highest standards specifically for our customers.

Shop members

  • Kouassi Gaelle

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Textile Crafter - Treasure Hunter

    I am a mother of two. I am originally from Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa where I grew up. I was born in Paris, France and kept strong ties. Understanding both cultures, I decided to create a business where I will make these 2 worlds encounter.

Production partners

  • A print factory

    London, England

    They print my designs

  • Jokko Association Mopti

    Mopti, Mali

    A group of 160 women handcrafting jewellery using recycled plastic flip flops.

  • Prince

    Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    Prince is a very talented sewist. I have known him for 20 years. I always wanted to work with local artisans in teh Ivory Coast and this is teh first step int he right direction

  • A handmade cooperative

    Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    A cooperative of women making waistbeads to make a living, sustainable trade partner.

Shop policies

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Last updated on 20 May, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

Please do not hesitate to get in touch If you have a special requirement e.g. fabric, diary size and/or layout ...

Wholesale availability

Please also get in touch (sales@tamiahdesigns.com) If you would like to stock our funky diaries and notebooks in your brick and mortar shop. Check our catalogue here: https://issuu.com/kgaelleanguie/docs/diary_2017_catalogue_tamiah_designs
Wholesale terms available on request!

Sizing details

Weekly planners are hardback diaries available in A6, Slimline, A5 and
A4 sizes.
* Slimline:
3 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 3/8 inches
8.5 x 16 x 1 cms
* A6:
4 3/16 x 5 7/8 x 3/8 inches
10 x 15 x 1 cm
* A5:
5 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 3/8 inches
15 x 21.5 x 1 cm
* A4:
8 3/8 x 11 1/2 x 3/8 inches

Daily planners are hardback diaries available in A6, A5 and A4 sizes.
Hourly (appointment) planners are only available in A5 and A4 sizes.
* A6:
4 3/16 x 5 7/8 x 3/4 inches
10 x 15 x 2 cm
* A5:
5 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 3/4 inches
15 x 21.5 x 2 cm
* A4:
8 3/8 x 11 1/2 x 3/4 inches
21.5 x 29.3 x 2 cm

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