Handmade by artisans in Africa
As unique as the hands who make them.
According to Vogue, African wax prints date back to 1863, when the textile first arrived in Ghana, Africa. This style of pattern making originated in the Netherlands and is also known as Dutch wax prints.
First, a design is decided on. A piece of virgin, beige cloth has parts covered in wax. The wax stops the selected sections of the textile from being coloured. Next, the piece is soaked in dye. A second layer of wax is put on the pattern in new places. The cloth is soaked in another colour before a third layer is placed onto the fabric.
The complexity and amount of colours determines how many times it’s soaked in dye.