Vibrant, colorful and complicated, wax prints are among the most iconic images of African fashion. Throughout West Africa and in African communities around the world, wax prints of different types are a common staple in the wardrobes of many women. Like so many pattern types coming out of Africa, they have begun to make the transition from fashion to home décor, appearing as upholstery fabrics for chairs, sofas, pillows, and even framed as wall art.
Yet even while fashion icons such as Solange Knowles and Beyoncé are embracing these prints as outgrowths of West African culture, there is a fascinating and complex global history behind African wax prints that many of us are not aware of.
So before you spring for your first wax print outfit or decide to reupholster your favorite chair, here are six interesting things to know about Dutch African Wax Prints.
Bryan Mason is the Co-Founder of AphroChic, and the Managing Editor for AphroChic on About.com. Read his full article: 6 Amazing Facts About African Wax Prints on About.com.