Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Wax fabric is still frequently used for clothing in parts of Africa and internationally. Not only now does the VLISCO company produce it, but a wide variety of other companies do as well. It is produced in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Nigeria, Ghana, China and other textile-producing countries. One of the big issues with the fabric right now is that even though it was originally a knock-off, it is now being knocked off! Yes, really! VLISCO is such a popular brand that there are counterfeiters out there trying to pass their fabric off as genuine. Also, because the fabric is so sought after because of its prints, companies have taken to only making limited one-time runs of their prints and not publicizing what their prints will be before they are sold in order to cut down on fakes. Most of the methods involved in printing the fabric are proprietary but they somehow involve wax. Other than that, I have no idea how the prints are done.
fabric swatch photos from www.aknfabrics.com and picture of Anthropologie storefront from www.missomnimedia.com
You may also be interested in another blog of my entries with more history of Dutch Wax Fabrics, and entry about Junya Watanabe's use of Wax Fabrics