African wax print textiles
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African wax print textiles

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Written in English


  • Batik,
  • Textile design,
  • Textile fabrics,
  • Clothing and dress

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This groundbreaking book reveals the complex origins of African wax print textiles. In beautifully illustrated chapters, Anne Grosfilley traces the process of printing and dying the fabric, involving wax or indigo, to its West Indian roots. She also explores the differences of mass-produced and artisanally sourced fabrics, tracking where textiles go from the manufacturing centers to markets and cities throughout Africa and the world. Grosfilley offers the fruits of her own passionate research as she profiles a variety of individuals from rural vendors to trendsetting fashionistas. This eye-opening study celebrates the enormous variety of African fabric styles and uses, and explores the complex interconnections between the continent and colonialism and between modern technology and Old World practices.

Edition Notes

StatementAnne Grosfilley ; translated from the French, Rachel French
LC ClassificationsNK8889 .G7613 2018
The Physical Object
Pagination262 pages
Number of Pages262
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26959553M
ISBN 103791384368
ISBN 109783791384368

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How do Africans use wax print in Africa? And how is it used by the many designers, quilters and textile artists who are inspired by Africa and its textiles? To find out, let's take a journey from the origins of wax print to the markets of West Africa and beyond. Along the way, we'll see wax print being worn, cut up, stitched, quilted, cherished. African wax prints, also known as Ankara and Dutch wax prints, are omnipresent and common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West are industrially produced colorful cotton cloths with batik-inspired printing. One feature of these materials is the lack of difference in the color intensity of the front and back sides. High quality African wax print fabrics. These fabrics are perfect to create your own trendy fashion! % Graded Cotton, with Double-sided African print. We sell different brands: Original Vlisco Hollandais & Java wax, Julius Holland, Mitex Holland, Phoenix Hitarget & more! The first batch of machine-made batiks was exported from Holland to the Dutch East Indies in around , writes anthropologist Anne Grosfilley in African Wax Print Textiles. But it was a flop and.

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