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  1. VL5244R.005
    VL5244R.005
    VL5244R.005
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  2. VL5274R.012
    VL5274R.012
    VL5274R.012 Gold embellished
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  3. VL5260R.001
    VL5260R.001
    VL5260R.001
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  4. VL02921.286
    VL02921.286
    VL02921.286
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  5. VLS6LV9.017
    VLS6LV9.017
    VLS6LV9.017
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  6. VLS5TJ1.006
    VLS5TJ1.006
    VLS5TJ1.006
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  7. VLS1TS2.022
    VLS1TS2.022
    VLS1TS2.022
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  8. VLA2036.003
    VLA2036.003
    VLA2036.003
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  9. VLA1106.019
    VLA1106.019
    VLA1106.019 Handbag
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  10. VL10101.013
    VL10101.013
    VL10101.013
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  11. VL10101.004
    VL10101.004
    VL10101.004
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  12. VL0H628.148
    VL0H628.148
    VL0H628.148
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  13. VL02921.258
    VL02921.258
    VL02921.258
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  14. VL01300.027
    VL01300.027
    VL01300.027
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  15. VL00022.329
    VL00022.329
    VL00022.329
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  16. VL10101.046
    VL10101.046
    VL10101.046 Shine finish
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  17. VL10101.039
    VL10101.039
    VL10101.039
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    €11.00
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  18. VL10101.038
    VL10101.038
    VL10101.038 Shine finish
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    €11.00
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  19. VL10101.003
    VL10101.003
    VL10101.003 Shine finish
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  20. VLS1973.005
    VLS1973.005
    VLS1973.005 Gold embellished
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    €80.98
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  21. VLS8GC2.014
    VLS8GC2.014
    VLS8GC2.014
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  22. VL5275R.007
    VL5275R.007
    VL5275R.007
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  23. VL5262R.008
    VL5262R.008
    VL5262R.008
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  24. VL4738R.003
    VL4738R.003
    VL4738R.003
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  25. VL00006.073
    VL00006.073
    VL00006.073
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  26. VL10101.045
    VL10101.045
    VL10101.045 Dobby fabric
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  27. VLS5YL5.024
    VLS5YL5.024
    VLS5YL5.024 Golden Embellished
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  28. VLS9XK9.014
    VLS9XK9.014
    VLS9XK9.014
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  29. VLS9KI9.007
    VLS9KI9.007
    VLS9KI9.007
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  30. VLS6UA6.007
    VLS6UA6.007
    VLS6UA6.007
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  31. VLS6PF4.014
    VLS6PF4.014
    VLS6PF4.014
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  32. VLS6PF4.002
    VLS6PF4.002
    VLS6PF4.002
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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.