This original Java fabric with its colourful zigzag lines was once given the name Kwame Nkrumah's Pencil, after Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. As the story goes, Nkrumah was known for making strong comments and speeches both at home and worldwide. But before proclaiming anything, he gave much thought to what he would say and put it down on paper. Nkrumah's pencils were always well sharpened. He did not use the same type of pencil as everyone else. Kwame Nkrumah’s pencil was a unique one that he used as a weapon against any obstacle in his way. So use yours wisely.
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Inspired by the bold band of colour of our classic Java cigar panel print, this new signature Java makes a vibrant fashion statement. With its interesting optical effect, our latest Java design is a departure from classic Java drawings, but draws on Vlisco’s Java heritage. This bold new design with its paper-cut silhouette was created by a designer who has designed many Java designs over the last thirty years. This is his modern interpretation of Java heritage.
In 2013, Vlisco created new Java designs for the first time in several years. Vlisco's Java fabrics remain the closest to the original batik fabrics that we first produced for the Indonesian market in 1852. The main focus of our Java range is a reinterpretation of various heritage designs, whilst also creating a number of new Java designs.
Read later more about the reinterpretation of one of our most iconic Java design, Kwame Nkrumah’s Pencil.
Super-wax is renowned for its extra densely woven, fine cotton fabric and its recognisable design signature. Our Super-wax fabrics always feature two blocking colours with anatural and unique crackling effect. The colours in this collection’s new floral Super-wax fabrics follow the drawing, so that the botanical patterns are actually coloured in. The other Super-waxes created for the collection have a more abstract design, which plays with colour blocking to emphasize the drawing and create a totally unique look.shop now
Our designers have created a new design inspired by the natural botanical prints of the original Indonesian batik fabrics that we started to produce around 1850. The design has been used for both Java and Wax-block fabrics. Each technique lends its own look and texture to the design. The Java version has the subtle glossy sheen and silky touch, while the Wax-block offers a chic and cool colourful design. Combine the two fabrics for added sophistication and elegance as seen in our fashion inspiration.
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The story goes that the colour palette once belonged to a trader who approached Vlisco many years ago with the request to create fabrics in these colours. Unique is the application of a colour wash over the fabrics. This subtle wash goes all the way to the edge of the fabric, which lends a warm, ton-sur-ton tone. By adding a sheer layer of colour to our fabrics, all the colours change and become more muted, providing the heritage feeling.
Two of the new Wax-block fabrics feature big, bold prints that can really change the look of your outfit depending on where you place the drawing. And the third new fabric combines iconic drawings from heritage Wax-block and Java fabrics into a compelling new look. These new Wax-block fabrics are available in a rainbow of colours, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
A gold layer has been used to embellish and update four of our heritage designs. It creates a glamorous glowing effect that brings a luxurious new lease of life to these classic designs, while paying tribute to Vlisco’s proud past. In fact, this link between our heritage and our future can be seen by simply flipping the fabric over. The new gold embellishment can be admires on one side of the fabric, while the original design can be viewed on the back.
Delve into the sparkling history of Vlisco on the next page.
Our iconic Fan drawing, which was originally released in 1985, looks glowingly new thanks to the gold embellishment. Table fans were traditionally the only way to cool down in the warm African climate, and the design has become a modern Vlisco favourite in many countries. The design is known as Table Fan in Nigeria, where it is available in traditional Igbo colours.
This heritage design from 1960s is known as Coquillage, which means 'shell' in English. Just like a shell protects its dweller, wrapping its 'arms' around them, like mother's care for their daughters.
Vlisco celebrates this day with a special gift for your mother, a charm in the shape of the iconic Vlisco Shell design. If you buy two or more fabrics from the elegant Vlisco range you receive this iconic shell pendant.
The optical illusion created by the gold squares and circular shapes gives the classic disk drawing a completely new look. The drawing first appeared on the market in the 1960s and goes by many names, such as Plaque-Plaque, Target, Nsu Bura (which means 'water well' in Ghana) and Consulaire. Other names include Gbédjégan, a traditional straw king's hat in Togo, and Gbedze, a hat worn during daily activities to protect the wearer from the sun. In Nigeria, the design is known as Record, thanks to the circular shape of the motif, which reminds many consumers and traders of old school records that were played on a gramophone.
Here, the gold embellishment creates an almost halo-like effect on the fabric, which strongly emphasizes the hand drawing. In Togo, the design is sometimes called Cinq doigts ('five fingers'), because fingers separated from the hand are useless. Only when they are attached to the hand are they strong and capable of producing things and making money. It symbolises that more can be achieved through teamwork.