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The history and hidden meanings of African Wax Print Cloth

African wax print fabric is bold and beautiful and it has a great story behind its origins and how it has developed to be an integral part of West African culture and fashion. We are often asked where we buy our African print cloth and how the fabric is produced so here’s a juicy little blog  post to answer some of those questions! THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN WAX PRINT CLOTH Although Africa does have a rich history of textile production the origins of this brightly coloured cloth which is now thought of as synonymous with Africa actually began with batik fabric in Indonesia. Batik is a hand printed dying technique that uses wax and coloured dyes to create patterns on cotton...

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D.I.Y photoshoot - Getting creative in the times of Corona

This year has thrown a fair few surprises at the world! There is (shock horror) no festivals this year which turned out to be lucky because the trip to produce the new collection in Ghana turned from 2 months into 4! Our original plans of working with renowned Accra photographer @derrick_o_boateng to shoot the new collection had to be postponed because of the lockdown in the city and we had to go full D.I.Y!

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Welcome to Kromuase

I climb into a tro-tro (Ghana’s local buses) in Kumasi’s central market and after bumping along potholed roads for half an hour, heading south from this capital of the Ashanti Region, I find myself in the small suburb of Kromuase.

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Bristol Characters of Culture: The Ashanti Empress

Bristol is home to some ridiculously talented artists and self starters. For our second interview in the Characters of Culture series, we turn to a woman bringing colour to the West Country, Ruby Maya, to tell us about the origins of Ashanti Empress, and how Bristol keeps her inspired throughout the winter.

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