World Wide Wax

Indonesian by birth, African by adoption, and European de facto, the wax alone is the illustration of multiculturalism.

From the 19th century that the Ashantis warriors, enlisted as sailors by the Dutch towards Indonesia, import into Ghana the batik (ancestor of the wax). A craze that did not fail to notice Dutch and British who started in the production of wax intended for the Indonesians dissatisfied by irregular motives that will charm the Africans. This is followed by the development of industry on the African continent.


Qu'est ce que le Wax Hollandais ?

The word "wax" refers to the wax used to provide the unique appearance of the fabrics.

Unable to establish itself in Indonesia, the trade of the wax is organized in West Africa. The company Van Vlissingen & Co. (now Vlisco) sends by boat, the bales of Wax fabrics from Holland and transported directly to the markets of West and Central Africa. They were given the name Dutch Wax in reference to their country of origin.

Today, the market is flooded with copies of Vlisco prints, as the famous drawings are now in the public domain. These copies are all similar fabrics. Obviously, the quality of the prints and especially the holding over time is different. The real Dutch Wax created by the artisans of Vlisco is unparalleled. True connoisseurs know this.

Source: Magazine Next, Liberation
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Wax block? Super Wax? Java?

Wax-block The Wax-block is a special print with one or two main colors embedded in the wax print pattern. Very communicative, the drawings are always mirrored on the spot and the back of the fabric. The wide range of colors and the many combinations of shades used enhance the unparalleled appeal of fabrics. One of the colors is often used to highlight a natural bubbling effect, giving the fabric a unique and dynamic appearance. It is also a sign of a quality Wax-block print. Each centimeter of fabric is unique and differs slightly from the others thanks to the organic and truly magical production process used. The seductive designs and the unique color combinations allow each one to express his personal tastes and his personality.(Vlisco)

Super-wax is the best in wax-printed fabrics. For this product a denser woven cotton fabric is used. The Super-wax designs are easily recognizable by their two dominant colors with their unique natural cracked appearance. A third color can sometimes be added, but without this cracked effect. The drawings are also visible on both the spot and the back of the fabric.

Java prints are different from wax because wax is not part of their manufacturing process. The Java fabrics therefore make it possible to create very delicate and detailed patterns, in original, multiple and varied colors. Traditionally vivid and rich colors create colorful and vibrant fabrics with splendid effects.

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