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  1. VL00760.157
    VL00760.157
    VL00760.157 Eyes
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  2. VL2961R.058
    VL2961R.058
    VL2961R.058 ANGELINA
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  3. VL01442.012
    VL01442.012
    VL01442.012 Carte de Sejour
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  4. VL10101.013
    VL10101.013
    VL10101.013
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  5. VL02921.271
    VL02921.271
    VL02921.271
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  6. VL10101.044
    VL10101.044
    VL10101.044 Dobby fabric
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  7. VL53500.112
    VL53500.112
    VL53500.112 Jumping horse
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  8. VL00760.169
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    VL00760.169 Eyes
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  9. VL00954.147
    VL00954.147
    VL00954.147 Silver embellished - small star
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  10. VLS4NH0.015
    VLS4NH0.015
    VLS4NH0.015 Purple Embellished
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  11. VL01442.013
    VL01442.013
    VL01442.013 Carte de Sejour
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  12. VL5274R.010
    VL5274R.010
    VL5274R.010
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  13. VL10101.008
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  14. VL10101.007
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    VL10101.007
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  15. VL10101.046
    VL10101.046
    VL10101.046 Shine finish
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  16. VL10101.037
    VL10101.037
    VL10101.037 Shine finish
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  17. VL10101.035
    VL10101.035
    VL10101.035
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  18. VLS1973.018
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    VLS1973.018
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  19. VLA0908.021
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    VLA0908.021
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  20. VLA0774.048
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  21. VL5268R.004
    VL5268R.004
    VL5268R.004
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  22. VL49600.035
    VL49600.035
    VL49600.035 Golden Embellished
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  23. VL4496R.009
    VL4496R.009
    VL4496R.009
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  24. VL4191R.004
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    VL4191R.004
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  25. VL08759.017
    VL08759.017
    VL08759.017 Fan
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  26. VL03925.042
    VL03925.042
    VL03925.042 Silver embellished
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  27. VL5274R.003
    VL5274R.003
    VL5274R.003
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  28. VL10101.031
    VL10101.031
    VL10101.031
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  29. VLS6LV9.011
    VLS6LV9.011
    VLS6LV9.011
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  30. VLS1GA7.012
    VLS1GA7.012
    VLS1GA7.012
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  31. VL5274R.011
    VL5274R.011
    VL5274R.011
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  32. VL5263R.005
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Vlisco Classics

Since 1846, Vlisco has been creating authentic fabrics that have influenced the African fashion landscape. An authentic fabric from the Vlisco classics range can be Wax Hollandais (also called Wax Block, Wax Veritable Hollandais or Real Dutch Wax) Java, or Super-wax. Having left the factory, the wax prints came to live by the people who sold and wore them. Their unique print styles and classic designs have become part of a rich heritage with many heart-warming stories to tell. Stories of family history, inheritance and of fabrics that have deeper meaning. Some of our classic wax prints have even been awarded names of endearment by our consumers. The appealing patterns and unique colour combinations ensure that everyone can express their personality in their clothing.  

Classic fabric stories

In this section, we tell you the story of a few classic Vlisco fabrics. If you want to read more, you can click on the fabrics themselves, or check our section ‘fabric stories’. Many of the prints that have became classics, are reprinted from time to time. The wax patterns come in a variety of shades like yellow, blue, green, red, pink, purple, orange and brown. The designs are available in 6 yard, sometimes also in 2, 4 or 12 yards (cotton cloth). Shop the colourful design world of VLISCO, all the latest prints are for sale in our online store.

* Six Bougies

No story about a Vlisco fabric, would be complete without mentioning the role of the West African market women, who sold Dutch wax prints and turned them into legendary items that changed the appearance of an African street view. Honouring these ‘mama Benz’, Vlisco designed its ‘VL0H313.136’, which soon came to be known as the ‘six bougies’. When the idea for this  was first conceived, the six bougies suggested that its wearer had a six-cylinder car, a sign of wealth. Nowadays, many take the six bougies as a symbol of the strength of an African woman, portrayed in the middle, who can easily take on six men.

* Angelina, a.k.a. Miriam Makeba, Ya Mado or Addis Abeda

An example of a classic Java print is the ‘Angelina’, so immortal that it has gained many names, as it was loved by many people, in many different contexts. In Ghana, the popularity of the print coincided with the release of the hit song “Angelina” by legendary Ghanaian band The Sweet Talks. In Congo, this print was called “Ya Mado”, after a phrase in Fabregas’ music video “Mascara”, in which dancers wore this pattern. Though the phrase “Ya Mado” served to praise attractive voluptuous women, the Congolese changed the reference of the fabric when beloved singer and activist Miriam Makeba passed away. As she had loved to wear African prints, many decided to name their beloved wax print after the legendary artist.

* Record, a.k.a. Plaque-Plaque, Target, Nsu Bura, Gbedze, Consulaire or Gbédjégan

This real Dutch wax block print first appeared on the market in the 1960s. Since then, it has gained many names, including “Nsu Bura” (‘water well’ in Ghanese). Looking at the wax fabric, you may see the resemblance with the ripple effect that occurs when you throw a stone in the water. Whatever you do, good or bad, it will have an effect on everyone around you. In Togo, this classic geometric wax print is seen as a ‘gbédjégan’, a traditional straw king’s hat, or a ‘gbedze’, a hat worn during daily activities. In Nigeria, the design is known as ‘record’, due to its similarity to vinyl records.