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Classics

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  1. VLA0309.019
    VLA0309.019
    VLA0309.019
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  2. VLA0211.040
    VLA0211.040
    VLA0211.040
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  3. VLA0196.046
    VLA0196.046
    VLA0196.046 Givenchy
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  4. VLA0196.021
    VLA0196.021
    VLA0196.021 Givenchy
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  5. VLA0034.012
    VLA0034.012
    VLA0034.012
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  6. VLA0034.008
    VLA0034.008
    VLA0034.008
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  7. VLA0034.003
    VLA0034.003
    VLA0034.003
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  8. VL79500.040
    VL79500.040
    VL79500.040 Akwadaa bo ngwa
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  9. VL78400.016
    VL78400.016
    VL78400.016
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  10. VL78400.013
    VL78400.013
    VL78400.013
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  11. VL69600.132
    VL69600.132
    VL69600.132 Brou Felix
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  12. VL69400.027
    VL69400.027
    VL69400.027 After the high-life song/dance
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  13. VL5281R.009
    VL5281R.009
    VL5281R.009
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  14. VL5281R.004
    VL5281R.004
    VL5281R.004
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  15. VL5281R.002
    VL5281R.002
    VL5281R.002 Embossed fabric
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  16. VL5275R.006
    VL5275R.006
    VL5275R.006
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  17. VL5275R.001
    VL5275R.001
    VL5275R.001
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  18. VL5271R.011
    VL5271R.011
    VL5271R.011
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  19. VL5271R.001
    VL5271R.001
    VL5271R.001
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  20. VL5268R.009
    VL5268R.009
    VL5268R.009
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  21. VL5268R.003
    VL5268R.003
    VL5268R.003 Embellished
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  22. VL5261R.008
    VL5261R.008
    VL5261R.008
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  23. VL5261R.004
    VL5261R.004
    VL5261R.004
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  24. VL5261R.001
    VL5261R.001
    VL5261R.001
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  25. VL50950.143
    VL50950.143
    VL50950.143
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  26. VL49600.035
    VL49600.035
    VL49600.035 Golden Embellished
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  27. VL49600.034
    VL49600.034
    VL49600.034 Silver embellished
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  28. VL49600.033
    VL49600.033
    VL49600.033 Silver embellished
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  29. VL49600.031
    VL49600.031
    VL49600.031 Golden Embellished
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  30. VL48350.028
    VL48350.028
    VL48350.028
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  31. VL4738R.004
    VL4738R.004
    VL4738R.004
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  32. VL4676R.004
    VL4676R.004
    VL4676R.004
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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.