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  1. VL01582.057
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    VL01582.057
    Wax Hollandais
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    €86.05
  2. VL02788.230
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    VL02788.230
    Super-Wax
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    €119.29
  3. VL0H907.149
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    VL0H907.149
    Wax Hollandais Advice
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    €86.05
  4. VL02919.090
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    VL02919.090
    Super-Wax
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    €119.29
  5. VL04528.076
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    VL04528.076
    Wax Hollandais
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    €86.05
  6. VL00921.233
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    VL00921.233
    Wax Hollandais Hibiscus
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    €86.05
  7. VL00017.294
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    VL00017.294
    Wax Hollandais ABC
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    €86.05
  8. VL0H599.165
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    VL0H599.165
    Wax Hollandais
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    €86.05
  9. VL02921.271
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    VL02921.271
    Super-Wax
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    €119.29
  10. VL02922.223
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    VL02922.223
    Super-Wax
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    €119.29
  11. VL53500.111
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    VL53500.111
    Wax Hollandais Jumping horse
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    €86.05
  12. cotton satin
    VL03713.027
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    VL03713.027
    Wax Hollandais LTD ED Silver Embellished
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    €48.75
  13. VL02579.121
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    VL02579.121
    Wax Hollandais
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    €62.46
  14. cotton poplin
    VL02579.137
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    VL02579.137
    Wax Hollandais LTD ED Pastel Pink Embellished
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    €46.71
  15. VL04735.071
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    VL04735.071
    Wax Hollandais
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    €62.46
  16. VL04339.101
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    VL04339.101
    Wax Hollandais LTD ED Gold Embellished
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    €41.64
  17. cotton satin
    VL00954.159
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    VL00954.159
    Classic Revival Small star
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    €48.75
  18. VL08759.069
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    VL08759.069
    Sky Wax Pearl Embellished
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    €154.89
  19. cotton satin
    VL00001.270
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    VL00001.270
    Classic Revival The Household Gravel
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    €48.75
  20. cotton satin
    VL00001.269
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    VL00001.269
    Classic Revival The Household Gravel
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    €48.75
  21. cotton satin
    VL0H313.141
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    VL0H313.141
    Classic Revival Silver Embellished
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    €129.99
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    VL0H313.143
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    VL0H313.143
    Classic Revival Silver Embellished
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    €48.75
  23. cotton satin
    VL00001.268
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    VL00001.268
    Classic Revival The Household Gravel
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    €95.87
  24. VL04339.090
    VL04339.090
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    VL04339.090
    Wax Hollandais
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    €62.46
  25. VL04735.060
    VL04735.060
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    VL04735.060
    Wax Hollandais
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    €62.46
  26. VL01582.073
    VL01582.073
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    VL01582.073
    Wax Hollandais
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    €62.46
  27. VL00535.136
    VL00535.136
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    VL00535.136
    Wax Hollandais
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    €62.46
  28. VL00535.140
    VL00535.140
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    VL00535.140
    Wax Hollandais
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    €86.05
  29. VLH1421.056
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    VLH1421.056
    Wax Hollandais Don’t get married empty-handed
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    €62.46
  30. VL04735.081
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    VL04735.081
    Wax Hollandais
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    €31.92
  31. VL04735.083
    VL04735.083
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    VL04735.083
    Wax Hollandais LTD ED Gold Embellished
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    €81.89
  32. VL04339.104
    VL04339.104
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    VL04339.104
    Wax Hollandais LTD ED Gold Embellished
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    €41.64

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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.

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