IS WAX AFRICAN??
Super Wax textiles are bright and colourful fabrics with highly conspicuous designs and patterns on them.
They are sometimes referred to as Real English Wax, Dutch Java, Dutch Wax Prints, Hollandaise, Wax Hollandaise, Veritable Dutch Hollandaise, African Wax Prints, Real English Wax, Veritable Java Print, Ankara and Ankara Wax Print etc.
Interestingly enough, some people erroneously believe that these wax prints originated from Africa but that is far from the truth as findings reveal that they are actually European in origin.
Studies have shown that their true origin can be traced to the largest ethnic group in Indonesia: the Javanese people.
The Javanese people began making use of wax and resist-dye to create batik. The beautiful patterns which can be found on wax prints are the resulting effects of the process known as “resist-dyeing” – a process which involves adding dye to clothing material but preventing the dye from spreading uncontrolled or patternless all over it.
However, the spread and popularity of these Javanese batik (Indonesian name for wax prints) in sub-Saharan Africa can be credited to Dutch and English traders from Europe who brought the wax prints along with them on their journeys to Africa.
Today, many African (and non African) fashion enthusiasts have embraced clothes made from wax prints as a sine qua non in their wardrobes.
Some of the notable manufacturers of Dutch Wax Prints are Vlisco, Uniwax, Akosombo Textiles Limited (ATL), and Ghana Textiles Printing Company (GTP) and ABC Wax, amongst others.