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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.


So, if you, too, are

  • searching for decor that is easy to care for

  • uninspired by twee patterns or dull colors

  • looking for bold, unique designs

  • value high quality

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.


In addition to stunning decorative pillow covers, I 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.


You will find throw pillows labeled "tribal"or "ethnic" at some larger, popular outlets, but chances are those labels are just meant to lure people into buying the same old dull and boring designs, most of which have nothing to do with any tribe or ethnic group.

All items at Lara Threads are made from thoughtfully curated African print fabrics and 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 an impressive 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! 


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