There is no dearth of individuals who are simply in love with African fabrics and textiles, especially African wax print textiles that come in chic patterns and bright colors, which are mostly used to make bags. However, there are not many people in the world who are aware of the rich history behind the development of African fabric. As the name goes, we all believe that African fabrics originated in Africa, but history says that the style of batik that is used to produce this fabric didn’t originate in Africa. Rather the technique comes from Indonesia and was later adapted by the Dutch people.
The Dutch perfected the art and since they could not find a suitable market nearby, they went over to western parts of Africa to sell it. Finding the right product, the locals of West Africa adapted the technique and did give a unique African touch, which later was loved by people all over the world. Since the art was perfected in Africa, and due to the slave trade, the African cultural history along with African textiles made its way to the United States. In Africa men usually weaved the cloth, while women were given the task to spin and dye the yarn. So while the weaving looks more masculine, the colors and textures got a more feminist touch. The three most common types of African Fabric, which include Aso Oke fabric, Mud Cloth and African Tie Dye have equally interesting facts surrounding them.