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  1. VL00625.193
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    Wax Hollandais
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  2. VL01027.026
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    Wax Hollandais Shrimp
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  3. VL03636.134
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    Wax Hollandais Genito
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  4. VL03988.192
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    VL03988.192
    Wax Hollandais
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  5. VL04295.084
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    Wax Hollandais
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  6. VL08761.004
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    Wax Hollandais
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  7. VL40450.157
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    Wax Hollandais Big snail
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  8. VL45750.174
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    Wax Hollandais
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  9. VLH1421.053
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    Wax Hollandais Don't get married empty-handed
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  10. VL00770.101
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    Wax Hollandais
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  11. VL00921.203
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    VL00921.203
    Wax Hollandais Hibiscus
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  12. VL03541.226
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    Wax Hollandais VL03541.226
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  13. VL03686.169
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    VL03686.169
    Wax Hollandais Santana
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  14. VL04339.090
    VL04339.090
    VL04339.090
    Wax Hollandais
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    €64.82
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  15. VL0H599.164
    VL0H599.164
    VL0H599.164
    Wax Hollandais
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  16. VL0H600.050
    VL0H600.050
    VL0H600.050
    Wax Hollandais
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    €47.05
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  17. VL0H628.139
    VL0H628.139
    VL0H628.139
    Wax Hollandais
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    €29.10
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  18. VL01681.064
    VL01681.064
    VL01681.064
    Wax Hollandais
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    €47.05
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  19. VL03639.214
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    VL03639.214
    Wax Hollandais Grotto
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    €47.05
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  20. VL00815.155
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    VL00815.155
    Wax Hollandais
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    €64.82
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  21. VL03636.136
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    Wax Hollandais
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    €24.05
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  22. VL01681.065
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    VL01681.065
    Wax Hollandais
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    €47.05
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  23. VL08759.019
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    VL08759.019
    Wax Hollandais Fan
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    €126.48
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  24. VL01474.048
    VL01474.048
    VL01474.048
    Wax Hollandais
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  25. VL0H907.145
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    VL0H907.145
    Wax Hollandais
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    €47.05
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  26. VL03639.212
    VL03639.212
    VL03639.212
    Wax Hollandais Grotto
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    €24.05
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  27. VL53500.111
    VL53500.111
    VL53500.111
    Wax Hollandais Jumping horse
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  28. VL53500.113
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    VL53500.113
    Wax Hollandais Jumping horse
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  29. VL0H907.149
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    VL0H907.149
    Wax Hollandais
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  30. VL00954.153
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    VL00954.153
    Wax Hollandais LTD ED Small star
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  31. VL00549.195
    VL00549.195
    VL00549.195
    Wax Hollandais
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  32. VL00864.010
    VL00864.010
    VL00864.010
    Wax Hollandais
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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.