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African Wax Print: A Textile Journey

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by Magie Relph and Robert Irwin

What exactly is African wax print? Where does it come from? What does it mean in the context of Africa's diverse textile traditions? How do Africans use wax print in Africa? And how is it used by the many designers, quilters and textile artists who are inspired by Africa and its textiles?

To find out, let's take a journey from the origins of wax print to the markets of West Africa and beyond. Along the way, we'll see wax print being worn, cut up, stitched, quilted, cherished and enjoyed.

80 pages. Over 100 colour photographs. A4 size. Soft cover. ISBN 978-0-9566982-0-9.

'Fascinating ... a major step forward in telling the tale of African wax prints.' John Gillow, textiles collector and author of African Textiles: Colour and Creativity Across a Continent.

View sample chapter, PDF: Introducing African Wax Print 

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