We purchase our textiles locally in Ghana, helping to support local businesses.

What is Wax Cotton?

Wax cotton prints are created using the process of reverse ink.  Unique patterns are created with wax placed on the cotton textile.  Ink is spread over the textiles and the wax is removed creating the imprint of the design.

Where did it originate from?

Before the 1960s most of the African wax fabric sold in West and Central Africa was manufactured in Europe. Today, Africa is home to the production of high quality wax prints. African wax prints, also known as Ankara and Dutch wax prints, are omnipresent and common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa

How it is made?

Printed by machine using wax resins and dyes as batik-look effect on both sides of the fabric. The method is called wax-resist dying because the wax ‘resists’ the dye from penetrating the entire cloth. Wax is melted and then patterned across the blank cloth.

What does the colours or designs mean?

Some African prints have different meanings. As an example, a stool printed in the fabric symbolizes, if you want to talk about me, take a stool and sit down.’ The design in the fabrics are brilliant colours and may change but the print may stay the same.

What is Batik fabric history?

Egyptians used batik to decorate the cloths mummies were wrapped in in the 4th century BC. Colonial era of Europeans in Indonesia18th and 19th centuries. Batik was popular with Christian missionaries who used it to cloth converts to the church. Western African soldiers also brought back beautiful Javanese fabrics to their wives after serving in the military in the Dutch East Indies between 1810 and 1862.


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