The world of fabrics

African fabrics

Africa is a continent rich in cultures and has a variety of textiles. They tell a large part of the story of this multifaceted continent. The first fabrics that appeared in much of the black continent were hit by the bark. Only in the early 11th century is the appearance of tissues observed. Until the 19th century, they were prerogatives of African kings and dignitaries, a sign of social belonging and wealth. They are real visual languages and tell the story of a royal family, ethnic group, people, region, or country.

African fabrics for your home

However, in recent years, when we talk about African textiles, fashionistas tend to talk about imp cotton textiles that have only An African names. European industrial fabrics (inspired in particular by batik) began to prevail in Africa, rather than local fabrics, in the 19th century. There are different qualities of African fabrics: fancy, java, wax and super wax.

Today, all Paris events called “ethnic” are invited. These are the impressions of wax (cotton textiles treated with wax on both sides) that have the wind in their sails. A true wax fabric mania has gripped the whole fashion world. These printed fabrics, of European origin, for the most part (China also produces printed cotton, says Africa) make forget the real textiles that are the pride of the continent.

What are African fabrics and what are they used for?

The wax fabric, also called African fabric, is an explosion of colors and good humor. These stamped cotton fabrics are a symbol of African culture. They make us travel to the rhythm of djembes and ethnic dances! This fabric is also suitable for clothing as for furniture.

 

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