About Lara Threads
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.
Lara Threads came into being partly as a result of a frustrating experience. I was looking to add some pizazz to my neutral living room in a way that was unique and meaningful to me, and without much fuss. I spent hours, days, and weeks browsing home goods stores and scrolling through websites for throw pillows that were bold, different, and well-made. When I did not find options that I loved, I got the idea to make some decorative throw pillow covers from some ankara that I already. 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, are searching for decor that will have your space looking effortlessly curated and you value uniqueness and high quality, then you're in the right place.
Hi, I’m Oyinda. I'm the founder, curator, sewist, photographer (and more!) 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 (taking top honors!). 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.
Because I also believe that buying better and minimizing waste are small yet powerful ways to practice sustainability, after cutting for throw pillow covers, I use the precious ankara fabric pieces to create other beautiful and functional products—on-the-go accessories and washable cocktail napkins—all with careful attention to detail that you will appreciate if you like nice things thoughtfully and beautifully made. I go even further by using only eco-friendly, sustainable packaging to protect, present, and ship everything I sell. We have only one planet, y'all!
No mass production here; I make and package every item with care and send it off to you with love. Every pillow cover and accessory 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!