Real Wax

Real Wax refers to a type of fabric that is commonly associated with African fashion and culture. Real Wax fabric, also known as African Wax Print or Dutch Wax Print, is characterized by its vibrant colors, bold patterns, and waxy finish.
Real Wax fabric is typically made from 100% cotton and is produced using a wax-resistant dyeing technique. The process involves applying wax to specific areas of the fabric before dyeing it. The wax creates a barrier that prevents the dye from penetrating those areas, resulting in a patterned effect when the wax is removed. This technique allows for intricate and colorful designs to be created on the fabric.
The history of Real Wax fabric dates back to the 19th century when Dutch textile manufacturers began producing wax-printed fabrics for the Indonesian market. These fabrics were later introduced to West Africa, where they became immensely popular and integrated into African fashion and culture.
Real Wax prints often feature a mix of traditional African motifs, symbols, and geometric patterns, as well as more contemporary designs influenced by global fashion trends. They are used to make a wide range of clothing and accessories, including dresses, skirts, shirts, headwraps, and bags.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Real Wax prints, both within Africa and internationally. They are celebrated for their vibrant colors, cultural significance, and versatility in fashion and design. However, it’s essential to note that while Real Wax prints have become synonymous with African fashion, they are also produced in other parts of the world, including Europe and Asia.
Real Wax print is now mechanized by Bhairav and has been printed with the Modern technique use the same tradition and natural colors.