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  1. VL0H599.167
    VL0H599.167
    VL0H599.167
    Wax Hollandais
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    €63.55
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  2. VL00792.222
    VL00792.222
    VL00792.222
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  3. VL03826.145
    VL03826.145
    VL03826.145
    Wax Hollandais 1004 Flats
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    €63.55
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  4. VL00017.295
    VL00017.295
    VL00017.295
    Wax Hollandais
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    €63.55
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  5. VL00921.206
    VL00921.206
    VL00921.206
    Wax Hollandais
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    €63.55
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  6. VL03826.146
    VL03826.146
    VL03826.146
    Wax Hollandais 1004 Flats
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    €46.12
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  7. VL0H599.180
    VL0H599.180
    VL0H599.180
    Wax Hollandais
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    €63.55
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  8. VL2961R.008
    VL2961R.008
    VL2961R.008
    Java Angelina
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    €45.00
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  9. VL0H599.190
    VL0H599.190
    VL0H599.190
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  10. VL08002.026
    VL08002.026
    VL08002.026
    Wax Hollandais
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    €63.55
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  11. VL0H524.246
    VL0H524.246
    VL0H524.246
    Wax Hollandais Speedbird
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    €23.58
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  12. VL0H524.243
    VL0H524.243
    VL0H524.243
    Wax Hollandais Speedbird
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    €46.12
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  13. VL0H599.164
    VL0H599.164
    VL0H599.164
    Wax Hollandais
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    €63.55
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  14. VL00017.309
    VL00017.309
    VL00017.309
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  15. VL44050.331
    VL44050.331
    VL44050.331
    Wax Hollandais Sugar
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    €46.12
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  16. VL03826.147
    VL03826.147
    VL03826.147
    Wax Hollandais 1004 Flats
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    €46.12
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  17. VL0H599.177
    VL0H599.177
    VL0H599.177
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  18. VL0H596.112
    VL0H596.112
    VL0H596.112
    Wax Hollandais
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    €23.58
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  19. VL0H524.225
    VL0H524.225
    VL0H524.225
    Wax Hollandais Speedbird
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    €46.12
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  20. VL00017.307
    VL00017.307
    VL00017.307
    Wax Hollandais
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    €23.58
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  21. VL04592.123
    VL04592.123
    VL04592.123
    Wax Hollandais Obaapa
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    €46.12
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  22. VL40450.157
    VL40450.157
    VL40450.157
    Wax Hollandais Big bible -Snail
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    €46.12
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  23. VL44050.303
    VL44050.303
    VL44050.303
    Wax Hollandais Sugar
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    €45.00
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  24. VL44050.332
    VL44050.332
    VL44050.332
    Wax Hollandais Sugar
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    €46.12
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  25. VL08761.004
    VL08761.004
    VL08761.004
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  26. VL40450.169
    VL40450.169
    VL40450.169
    Wax Hollandais
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    €23.58
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  27. VL0H599.166
    VL0H599.166
    VL0H599.166
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  28. VL44050.196
    VL44050.196
    VL44050.196
    Wax Hollandais Sugar
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    €45.00
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  29. VL04592.128
    VL04592.128
    VL04592.128
    Wax Hollandais Obaapa
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    €46.12
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  30. VL02560.025
    VL02560.025
    VL02560.025
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  31. VL0H599.179
    VL0H599.179
    VL0H599.179
    Wax Hollandais
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    €46.12
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  32. VL08759.066
    VL08759.066
    VL08759.066
    Wax Hollandais
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    €23.58
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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.