About Lara Threads

The Brand

Lara Threads is a home goods and accessories boutique that focuses on showcasing the vibrant, versatile, and distinctive designs of African wax fabric (called ankara in West Africa) through high-quality, handcrafted products.

African print decorative pillows on living room sofa


Lara Threads came into being when I was looking to add some pizazz to my neutral living room with patterned throw pillows without frills.


Many throw pillows I came across were dull, poorly constructed, high-maintenance, expensive, or all of the above.


After a long, fruitless search, I decided to make decorative pillow covers from African print ankara fabric. I am still enjoying those pillows today. I love how they look in my space and I love that they are everything that I had been searching for.


If you, too, 

then you're in the right place!


Hi, I’m Oyinda. I'm the creator, artist, and curator behind Lara Threads.


I started sewing in high school in Nigeria when I took a Home Economics course in Clothing & Textiles that I really enjoyed and excelled in.


I have been sewing on and off since high school, apprenticing with experienced tailors in Nigeria, and continuing to hone my skills by taking in-person sewing classes in Boston.


In short, I have been creating and perfecting for quite some time.

Founder, owner, and artisan of Lara Threads
Minimalist ecofriendly packaging for textile products

What else?

I also believe that buying better and minimizing waste are small yet powerful ways to practice sustainability.


I use the precious ankara fabric pieces to create functional accessories and washable cloth cocktail napkins—all with careful attention to detail that you will appreciate if you like nice things thoughtfully and beautifully made.

No mass production here; I make and package every item with care and send it off to you with love. Every item is deliberately crafted to high standards of quality.


If you see something you like, buy it right away because I source small quantities of each fabric, which means when it’s gone, it’s gone.

If you’re ready to end your search and create a stunning interior space, or if you’re looking to give yourself or a loved one a small gift that is high-quality, functional, and different, check out my shop.


Thank you for stopping by, and now...


Let’s brighten up those spaces together!