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Classics

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  1. VL5275R.009
    VL5275R.009
    VL5275R.009
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  2. VL5261R.004
    VL5261R.004
    VL5261R.004
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  3. VL49600.035
    VL49600.035
    VL49600.035 Golden Embellished
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    €82.00
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  4. VL49600.031
    VL49600.031
    VL49600.031 Golden Embellished
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  5. VL49600.009
    VL49600.009
    VL49600.009 Abarro Basso
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  6. VL4738R.006
    VL4738R.006
    VL4738R.006
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  7. VL4738R.002
    VL4738R.002
    VL4738R.002
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  8. VL4738R.001
    VL4738R.001
    VL4738R.001
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  9. VL4496R.009
    VL4496R.009
    VL4496R.009
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  10. VL40450.085
    VL40450.085
    VL40450.085 Big bible -Snail
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  11. VL0H600.030
    VL0H600.030
    VL0H600.030
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  12. VL0H495.002
    VL0H495.002
    VL0H495.002
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  13. VL08863.064
    VL08863.064
    VL08863.064 Lion of Judah
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  14. VL08094.034
    VL08094.034
    VL08094.034 Opaka / Leaf
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  15. VL04592.017
    VL04592.017
    VL04592.017 Obapa
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  16. VL03988.190
    VL03988.190
    VL03988.190 Ahou laba
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  17. VL03925.042
    VL03925.042
    VL03925.042 Silver embellished
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    €59.00
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  18. VL03869.014
    VL03869.014
    VL03869.014
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  19. VL03639.189
    VL03639.189
    VL03639.189 Oshishi Namiago
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  20. VL03568.024
    VL03568.024
    VL03568.024
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  21. VL01474.039
    VL01474.039
    VL01474.039
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  22. VL01442.014
    VL01442.014
    VL01442.014 Carte de Sejour
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  23. VL01416.014
    VL01416.014
    VL01416.014
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  24. VL00954.136
    VL00954.136
    VL00954.136 Gold embellished - small star
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  25. VL00052.047
    VL00052.047
    VL00052.047 Okunpo
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  26. VL03541.238
    VL03541.238
    VL03541.238 Rolls royce
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  27. VL00001.240
    VL00001.240
    VL00001.240 The household gravel
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  28. VL40450.069
    VL40450.069
    VL40450.069 Big bible -Snail
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  29. VL03686.166
    VL03686.166
    VL03686.166 Santana
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  30. VL03639.217
    VL03639.217
    VL03639.217 Grotto
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  31. VL03586.095
    VL03586.095
    VL03586.095
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  32. VL40450.163
    VL40450.163
    VL40450.163 Big bible -Snail
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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.