Dress, made with textiles from the Tell collection, 2015
Vlisco specializes in Dutch wax prints, the brightly colored, elaborately patterned cotton textiles popular in West and Central Africa. Made using an industrialized version of the Indonesian batik process, Vlisco’s prints represent an ongoing dialogue between Dutch designers and local African traders, who often suggest colorways or themes to Vlisco. Local tailors fashion the wax fabrics into bespoke dresses and suits. For many, Vlisco fabrics symbolize West and Central African fashion and culture.
It is credited
Courtesy of Vlisco Netherlands B.V..
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.