Feathers

"Beautiful feathers make a beautiful bird"

 I have drawn inspiration for my designs from the beautiful colours and strong geometric patterns of African Wax Prints that can brighten up and breathe "Africa" into any home. I have always been a lover of African Art, colours and textures.
Brief history of African Wax prints:

You may have heard them referred to as "African wax prints" or "tribal" but what you may not know is that the fabric is neither made in Africa nor designed by Africans. They are actually European-made textiles certain African countries have embraced and made their own. "African print" is a general term used to identify a category of textiles using 100% cotton fabric in vibrant colours, which are printed by machine using wax resins & dyes so that they have a batik-like effect on both sides.

The colonial era of Europeans in Indonesia made it's biggest impact in the 18th & 19th centuries. Batik was popular with Christian missionaries and West African soldiers who brought back beautiful Javanese fabrics to their wives after serving in the military in the Dutch East Indies between 1810 & 1862.

At the same time the Dutch & English saw the opportunity for mass production of these fabrics back home in Europe using new machinery to automate the dying process. This is where the term "Dutch wax" and "wax hollandaise " originated from, since the prints' predominant country of origin became Holland.

Wax prints today have become an integral part of African life. Having the latest designs & wearing carefully chosen, meaningful patterns communicates social status. Wax prints are also used as courting gifts, they are usually included in a womans' dowry and are even essential garb at funerals.

Breathing life into textiles & connecting them to hopes, dreams, politics & everyday life is what gives them context and makes them stand out.

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